01 juillet 2019


By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: SmartBrief, June 30, 2006
So what might OLDaily look like if it were a commercial publication. Tze was good enough to send me this link to a product called a SmartBrief, and in particular, the SmartBrief offered by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) - here's the direct link, though it may cease functioning in the future (coded URLs tend to do that).
What you'll notice first is how nice it looks. The professionally designed piece uses a standard red black and white colour combo with a nice readable Arial text. Next, you'll see the many advertisements that accompany the issue - ads from private universities, publishers, and software vendors. And finally, you'll see the risk-free content culled from newspapers and magazines. More...

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LearnServe Ethiopia 2006

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: LearnServe Ethiopia 2006, June 30, 2006
This is one of those examples you really like to see. In this blog, the entries, "all written by students, describe the experiences of LearnServe Ethiopia âx" a group of 17 high school students and 12 teachers from DC-area public and private schools âx" as they experience Ethiopia in the summer of 2006". More...

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Knowing Before Doing?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. George Siemens[Edit][Delete]: Knowing Before Doing?, Connectivism Blog [Edit][Delete] June 30, 2006
George Siemens observes, "The desire to control and manage communities... [is] at odds with how things need to happen for online spaces to prosper." Quite right. People always seems to feel they need to manage the outcome, even if they don't know what it is they are managing or what outcome they desire. "Instead of trying to force these tools into organizational structures, let them exist for a while. See what happens. Don't decide the entire solution in advance. See the process as more of a dance than a structured enactment of a solution". More...

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More standards? Which? Why?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scott Wilson[Edit][Delete]: More standards? Which? Why?, June 30, 2006
Scott Wilson reacts to Michael Feldstein's defense of standards as a way of enabling long tail applications. All very fine, but as Wilson notes, a defense of standards in principle hardly equates to a defense of standards as they have actually evolved: "IMS has a huge back catalogue of released specifications. Some were developed far too early for their target problem space... Some developed too slowly to keep pace with general technology... Some doesn't seem to solve a real problem at all... Some are now in direct competition with lightweight web specifications". More...

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Identity Networks Are Here

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Identity Networks Are Here, Half an Hour [Edit][Delete] June 30, 2006
In the last weeks events have come together enough to say that identity networks have arrived on the seen. It will be months, maybe years, before they impact large numbers of web users. But they're here now. In this article I describe the major systems that have come together to create the identity network. [Tags: ] [Comment]. More...

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At the Risk of Disagreeing...

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Dave Cormier[Edit][Delete]: At the Risk of Disagreeing With Jay Rosen..., June 29, 2006
Reacting to the Jay Rosen article linked here yesterday, Dave Cormier cautions that "there will be a rebuttall, and it will not be televised. It will be subtle. People will be bought out." Count on it. History is not inevitable. "If change is going to happen, everyone needs to be emancipated. Emancipation, in the sense of empowerement to publish, to have voice, to be able to control your destiny, is a very, very long way off. The revolution, if there is ever to be one, is going to take years of concerted effort." Quite right. It already has. More...

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A Worthy Pass-Through in the Edu-Blogosphere

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Christian Long[Edit][Delete]: A Worthy Pass-Through in the Edu-Blogosphere, think:lab [Edit][Delete] June 29, 2006
More blogs that may be new to you. In this post, Christian Long points to Andrew Pass, who writes, The Current Events in Education. Also, Patric Dunn, who has recently launched Networked Learning Design, blogs at Occasional Rants. I would also like to highlight Digital Latchkey, by J. Ritchie Boyd, which was started as a consequence of an email dialoguie between the two of us. More...

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Summer Listening and Viewing From UbuWeb

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Brian Lamb[Edit][Delete]: Summer Listening and Viewing From UbuWeb, Abject learning [Edit][Delete]Abject Learning [Edit][Delete] June 29, 2006
Some good stuff here. Sites like Ubuweb are what's great about the net. Brian Lamb picks up on the site's Glenn Gould CBC shows; what caught my eye was the link to FluxFilms compiled by George Maciunas. I went to a Fluxus exhibition in Copenhagen when I was there in the spring and actually put some photos and videos on my website. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Justin Hall[Edit][Delete]: bud.com, June 28, 2006
This is an interesting concept. "URLs with time and date stamps define a geography. The hypertext choices we make describe hours of our life. Using the Attention Trust Firefox browser extension, bud.com will collect the surfing trails of willing participants. By uploading their browser history, players will be setting the bud.com server to task, interpreting that data into their own networked reflection." It's interesting not so much because of the gaming aspect but because of the use of the browser extension to collect and interpret browsing data in a multiuser environment. Here's the single-player information architecture diagram. More...

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Commission Report 6/22/06 Draft

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Commission on the Future of Higher Education[Edit][Delete]: Commission Report 6/22/06 Draft, U.S. Department of Education [Edit][Delete] June 28, 2006
Educators in the United States are up in arms over a draft report released by a federal higher education committee, but the report doesn't say anything we haven't been saying here for several years. "History is littered," it says, "with examples of industries that, at their peril, failed to respond to or even to notice changes in the world around them, from railroads to steel manufacturers. Without serious self-examination and reform, institutions of higher education risk falling into the same trap." Quite right. Moreover, higher education institutions are not accessible, the report says. And with costs that have outpaced inflation for decades, they are not affordable. More...

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