05 juillet 2019

What is Knowledge Sharing?

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Patrick Lambe[Edit][Delete]: What is Knowledge Sharing?, Green Chameleon [Edit][Delete] July 17, 2006

A couple of good reflections on knowledge sharing, including this one on types of knowledge sharing ("A pop fan sets up a website about her favourite Taiwanese boy band") and the follow-up on the reasons why we share knowledge. More...

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The Pig and the Box

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. MCM[Edit][Delete]: The Pig and the Box, Push the Third Button Twice [Edit][Delete] July 17, 2006
Direct response to the recent 'Captain Copyright' cartoon released by Access Copyright recently. The author writes, "I made the book after hearing how the entertainment industry in Canada is keen on teaching young kids about how to 'respect' copyright. That was a bit heavy-handed, I thought, and otherwise despicable. More...

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Informal Learning - Let's Get Real

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Tony Karrer[Edit][Delete]: Informal Learning - Let's Get Real, eLearning Technology [Edit][Delete] July 17, 2006
I have a lot of stuff today, stuff I've been saving as well as some items I hunted down. Tomorrow I am presenting online at e/merge 2006 - Learning Landscapes in Southern Africa, and I have decided to offer my thoughts on how we can know E-Learning 2.0 will work, indeed, is working. The links today almost all apply to that question and will show up in my talk tomorrow.
Tony Karrer writes, "I'm becoming convinced that folks in the informal learning realm are quite willing to live with 'free range' learning. It's way too touchy-feely and abstract for me. If this stuff is important, then I want to:

  • Know that it will work
  • Know why it works
  • Know that it's repeatable."

He is reacting to George Siemens, who writes, "We have a rough end target (solve this problem, innovate, adapt, etc.)...and we really don't have a clear process (other than teams, meetings, and emerging collaborative spaces)." I don't think Siemens is right, really, but explaining why - and meeting Karrer's challenge - takes a bit of doing. More...

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The Gates Effect

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Wendy Zellner[Edit][Delete]: The Gates Effect, Fast Company [Edit][Delete] July 14, 2006
I will grant that the Gates Foundation contributions to education in the U.S. are staggering. And I will grant that rigor, relevance and relationships will, in the main, have a beneficial effect on students. Spend enough money and you can make this happen. But the problem - the real problem - faced by the educational system is how to provide this to everyone equitably, and especially how to do this in an environment where people want to spend less, not more, on social services. I'd like to see the Gates Foundation succeed, and not just in the United States. And I applaud the effort. And I am aware that what we are seeing today is the investigation, the research - and not the solution, as articles such as the present one seem to imply. More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: MetaxuCafe, July 14, 2006
Some fallout from the Aggregate This post Inside Higher Ed the other day. MetaxuCafe is "a network of literary blogs with over 300 members." A similar initiative, Postgenomic, aggregates "posts from life science blogs." This is the trend we are seeing now - small, subject-specific networks of a few hundred blogs. More...

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Collaborative Learning Activities Using Social Software Tools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Donna Cameron and Terry Anderson[Edit][Delete]: Collaborative Learning Activities Using Social Software Tools, Athabasca University [Edit][Delete] July 14, 2006
As the page states, "The following activities were designed for use by self-paced (continuous enrolment) students working at a distance to add a social component to their learning. The activities are customized for the Me2U system (an instance of elgg.net) at Athabasca University, but should be applicable to a variety of social software tool sets and most specifically any ELGG powered system". More...

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The Best of the Web: Intute Launched Today

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: The Best of the Web: Intute Launched Today, Jisc [Edit][Delete]JISC [Edit][Delete] July 14, 2006
Intute - the new face of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN) - is a website that allows users to search from a very large collection of academic resources selected by experts from various British universities. It also offers RSS feeds of those resource listings. In addition, it offers searchers access to listings of resources aggregated by its harvester and from some special collections. There's no sign-ups, no federation to join, none of that overhead. I will say at this juncture that this is what we could have, and should have, built with the eduSource project. Certainly (and I don't mean to toot my own horn here) it is very much what I had in mind and argued for at eduSource board meetings. More...

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Minor Alternatives to Major Labels; a Crash Course in Free Music Online

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Grant Robertson[Edit][Delete]: Minor Alternatives to Major Labels; a Crash Course in Free Music Online, thedigitalmusicweblog [Edit][Delete] July 14, 2006
When the music publishers come at you again with this argument that says they believe artists should be paid for their work, why not ask them why the artists on these independent sites get much more per song than the artists on iTunes or Napster, and why not ask why these independent artists aren't even given the chance to sell their music via iTunes or Napster. More...

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Rice UP Back in Business - But With a Difference

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Barbara Fister[Edit][Delete]: Rice UP Back in Business - But With a Difference, ACRLog [Edit][Delete] July 14, 2006
The Wall Street Journal, The Book Standard and Inside Higher Ed are covering a story out of Rice University to the effect that Rice's University Press will bgin publishing free online books with revenues drawn from a print-on-demand (POD) publishing service. The initiative is tied together with Rice's Connexions authoring system. Because it is acting as a publisher, services such as selecting and editing will be required, which will be part of the costs Rice expects to incur. More...

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Google Has No Adsense.com

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Rachel Metz[Edit][Delete]: Google Has No Adsense.com, Wired News [Edit][Delete]Wired news [Edit][Delete] July 13, 2006
AdSense Consulting, which has owned adsense.com since 1996, has finally given up telling people we are not Google and is selling the domain name - Google, which has meanwhile stomped all over the small company's name, has no comment. The least they could have done is let the company run Adsense Ads. But no, not even that. Meanwhile, in another story, the National Post decided it liked a blog post and simply ran the post in the newspaper without permission or payment. More...

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