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Jul 16, 2001

Why Can't Johnny Respect Copyrights? Teaching respect for copyright and intellectual property os part of a proposed manditory curriculum in the U.K. But this particular bit of a child's moral education sidesteps the fact that the morality of current intellectual property legislation is highly contested. "Young people, and other people, believe in a version of the copyright law that is different from the one now on the books. Many of them believe, for example, that if you buy a CD, you buy the right to share it." By Alan Docherty, Salon, July 16, 2001. Submitted on Jul 16, 2001 [Refer]

Overview of Provincial/Territorial Involvement in Online Learning Good list of all major projects sponsored by Canadian provincial governments in the field of online learning. The listings are general in nature, reflecting initiatives and funding areas, not indivicual projects. Some URLs are provided but you'll have to use Google for the rest. July, 2001. PDF, 80K or so but a slow download. July, 2001. Submitted on Jul 16, 2001 [Refer]

CMEC Vision Statement on Online Learning in Post-Secondary Education The Canadian Council of Education Ministers has released a vision statement for online learning. The ministers focus on quality and access and iterate their desire to build on existing initiatives. PDF format, about 80K (but a slow download), July, 2001. Submitted on Jul 16, 2001 [Refer]

Design of Constructivist Learning Environments Overview of constructivism learning design theory. Good introductory discussion, plenty of examples and links to additional resources. By Dave Jonassen. Submitted on Jul 16, 2001 [Refer]

myEurope News myEurope is a web-based project and schools network aimed at teachers who want to raise awareness of European issues, among pupils and colleagues. Key topics are European citizenship and cultural diversity. Distributes a regular newsletter and provides access to experts. EU and Eastern European schools are also twinned under the program. Submitted on Jul 16, 2001 [Refer]

U.S. Online Education Firms Run Into Trouble An summary report of ongoing difficulties in the online learning industry. Readers of this newsletter will not be surprised as this trend has been inevitable for some time. By Reuters, ZD Net, July 16, 2001. Submitted on Jul 16, 2001 [Refer]

Writing for Online Learners Requires Adapting to New Media Interview with staff from a private workplace-education provider called YouAchieve. The site accepts submissions from suthors and presents them as workplace learning materials. Valuable tips on both content packaging and pricing. Course authors and professors might want to mull over the prospect of their market being opened to professional writers from all fields as well. By Crawford Killian, Content Spotlight, July 16, 2001. Submitted on Jul 16, 2001 [Refer]

Monkey Instruction! In seminars and workshops I have recommended that online educators take a look at sites such as WebReference and WebMonkey for good examples of effective online instruction. In this item, elearningpost provides a good analysis of why WebMonkey succeeds as a learning site. By Maish Nichani, January, 2001. Submitted on Jul 16, 2001 [Refer]

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