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By Stephen Downes
September 16, 2002

Second Thoughts on 'Bundled' E-Journals If you want to read one journal article, why should you pay for 500? That's the sort of question libraries are asking as bundled online content requires that they pay for articles and journal contents that few (if any) students actually read. "It's a pitched battle right now for control of research libraries' rights to determine what they offer their patrons," says Jeffrey B. Garrett, acting assistant university librarian for collection management at the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. "The problem with all of these big deals out there is that we are being asked to provide our patrons with things that we don't want, and pay for them. And we really don't appreciate being confronted with this form of ultimatum." By Andrea L. Foster, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 20, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

USC to Students: No Sharing Files The gist of this short item is that students risk being expelled for a year from USC if they are caught using file trading systems such as Kaaza. The meat of the story is that this is an instance of the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) targeting of schools as part of its ongoing campaign to stamp out file trading. By Brad King, Wired News, September 13, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

5 Elements of Digital Storytelling: Introduction This website is a preliminary to a website that will focus on digital storytelling to be launched by the Institute for New Media Studies at the University of Minnesota and New Directions for News. The site lists and describes essential elements to storytelling. As the website says, "The Web must go through a maturation process; the same process all new media have undergone. A classic example of this process is television news. In the beginning, television news was simply radio reports read on camera. Today, however, the full abilities of the medium are used." By Nora Paul and Christina Fiebich, September, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

How to Improve Learning Outcomes Good article providing a checklist of approaches to follow to create engaging learning content. Topics covered include motivation, support for self-reliance, techniques to increase self-confidence, and means to help students tolerate risk. By Cheryl Flagler, E-learning Magazine, September 12, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Art of Intellectual Property The case against strong protection of intellectual property expressed by means of yet another analogy: wedding pictures. "We have a choice. We can treat the professional photographer's artistic work as proprietary intellectual property not to be meddled with. Or we can treat such work in an Open Source manner, allowing and expecting the "source" to change and be redistributed. This choice won't be made on moral or personal grounds. It will be made for pragmatic, business reasons." By Digital Pilgrim, Digital Pilgrim, September 15, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Explaining E-Learning to Executives You think that e-learning is the way to go for your organization. But how do you present your case to management? This is a great little article you can use as a template that describes the structure and content of a business case. By Darin Hartley, Learning Circuits, September, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Understanding Weblogs Now that weblogs, as the author says, have "solved the publishing problem," we should now look at the next generation of weblog capacities: weblogs as knowledge management systems (much as has been accomplished with the OLDaily [Research] feature), weblog communications, weblogs with limited or variable access... By D.F. Tweney, Tweney.Com, August 28, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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