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Bodington Review, Part I

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Michael Feldstein[Edit][Delete]: Bodington Review, Part I, E-Literate [Edit][Delete] October 26, 2006
Prompted by the announcement of the Tetra Collaboration, which will working on developing Bodington, the UK open source learning management system, Michael Feldstein starts to review the product, beginning with the access controls management system. Yes, that's what we all look for first when trying to decide whether an LMS is worth the effort. More...

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Access vs. Participation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Clarence Fisher[Edit][Delete]: Access vs. Participation, Remote Access [Edit][Delete] October 26, 2006
When I presented my paper to ITForum last week I got more comments about the digital divide (which had nothing at all to do with the paper) than anything else. So I too would like to refocus people's thinking about access issues. I see much more of a problem with respect to "opportunities to participate and to develop the cultural competencies and social skills needed for full involvement" than anything to do with technology. What sort of skills? Well the list outline here (Fisher links to a much longer paper) is quite a good list. Certainly, you can't do without these (yet so many people try). More...

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McLuhan, Del.icio.us and Miscellany

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Scott Wilson[Edit][Delete]: McLuhan, Del.icio.us and Miscellany, October 26, 2006
My problem is, I haven't accepted the modern age of the printing press. "'Authorship' - in the sense we know it today [...] was practically unknown before the advent of print technology. [...] Many small texts were transmitted into volumes of miscellaneous content [...] and in this transmission, authorship was often lost". More...

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Google Provides Tools for Tailor-Made Search Engines

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Michael Liedtke[Edit][Delete]: Google Provides Tools for Tailor-Made Search Engines, Globe and Mail [Edit][Delete] October 25, 2006
As the headline says, you can create a custom Google search engine by seeding it with a list of preferred URLs. Though as the article says, correctly, "The concept mirrors the approach of a small startup called Rollyo.com." Anyhow, Doug Belshaw has created an Edublog Search Engine using my Bloglines subscriptions as the list of URLs. It seems to me though that Google's technology needs some refining. On Google.com, when I search for 'Downes' I see my site at the top, as it should be. More...

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Why It Takes a Doctorate to Beat Inflation

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Why It Takes a Doctorate to Beat Inflation, University Business [Edit][Delete] October 25, 2006
This short and odd item is characterized by audacity more than anything else. From the Wall Street Journal (the original is obscured behind a subscription wall, so we thank University Business for the copyright-bending four paragraph excerpt), the point of the article is to note, "wages of college grads have fallen on average, after adjusting for inflation, in the past five years." Why? Well, there's this: "Labor's slice of the apple is smaller and corporate profits' slice is larger." But the article would like you to believe "that's probably temporary" and that the "more lasting trend" is "the very best-paid workers [PhDs, in other words] are getting the bulk of the raises." Like I said, audacity. I have never seen a time when the corporate share was shrinking. More...

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Joint Assessment and Metadata&Digital Repository SIG Meeting Report

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Joint Assessment and Metadata&Digital Repository SIG Meeting Report, Jisc [Edit][Delete]JISC [Edit][Delete] October 25, 2006
Presentations and discussion are now online from a recent joint meeting between the Assessment and the Repositories SIGs (Special Interest Groups) in JISC. "In considering whether item banks [for assessment] are repositories, it was felt that a repository is at the heart of an item bank system." Some criticisms of the presentation, made on an email list (I'm just the messenger, don't shoot me): "The Breeze presentations were vile, because the sound was so awful". More...

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By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Licence, SURF [Edit][Delete] October 25, 2006
From the email press release: "SURF and JISC today published a model agreement that will help authors make appropriate arrangements with publishers for the publication of a journal article." In the proposed model, the author retains copyright, the publisher is granted a license to publish the work, and then (here's where it gets odd) "once the article has been published, the author can make it publicly accessible - in the form in which it was published by the publisher - by making it available as part of a digital scientific collection (a 'repository')." Why this additional restriction. More...

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Open Source Advocates Step Up Government Lobby Efforts

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Shane Schick[Edit][Delete]: Open Source Advocates Step Up Government Lobby Efforts, IT Business [Edit][Delete] October 25, 2006
Because the usual channels are clogged with paid representatives from commercial software companies spreading fear, uncertainly and doubt (FUD) open source advocates have taken their lobbying campaign directly to government members, distributing a CD to each of Canada's Members of Parliament. I am not a part of this effort, though it certainly enjoys my support, as I can see first-hand how much money we spend on software that we don't have to. "During your work as an MP," they write, "we encourage you to ask the public service where they are including free/libre open source approaches in their acquisition, use, production and distribution of software". More...

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MacArthur Funds e-Learning: $50M

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. M. Cohn[Edit][Delete]: MacArthur Funds e-Learning: $50M, Red Herring [Edit][Delete] October 25, 2006
Perhaps they were reading my coverage (the Tribune story is long gone, See this). Who knows? Anyhow, the MacArthur foundation is granting $2 million a year "for competitive research, writing, and demonstration projects." So my checque should be... oh, wait, they said competitive. Guess not, then, I am not of that political persuasion. More...

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mLearning Tools

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: mLearning Tools, Half an Hour [Edit][Delete] August 10, 2006
Leonard Low offers a nice theory and set of activities for mLearning in an EdNA forum, but like Geoff Stead I see the 'mobile' aspect as "flavouring" and not essential to the model. I haven't spend a lot of time on mLearning for just this reason, because I see it not so much as a new form of learning but rather as a transition to something more useful, something I describe as virtual hardware in this short article. But also, mLearning concerns me a bit because of the tendency of vendors to lock down mLearning offerings. In this mLearning portal, for example, clients can only go where they're allowed and all the content is otherwise hidden from view. Walled gardens (with sentries). Or this demo - there's no way out, only in. It's all closed prepackaged content. mLearning offers vendors what computing never did - complete control over the delivery platform. So even though people can moblog and SMS and otherwise escape the restrictions, I am still cautious. More: mLearning presentation by Geoff Stead and Lilian Soon in Flash. Via EdNA. [Tags: , , , ]. More...

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