By Stephen Downes
April 15, 2003

Blackboard Responds to Criticism of Interz0ne Lawsuit
In the wake of widespread and mostly bad publicity after it blocked two students from giving a presentation, Blackboard has responded with official silence (nothing on their website or in the press release news wires). But in a message to the BLKBRD-L Blackboard's David Yaskin posted a terse response to some of the criticisms. According to Yaskin, someone (presumably the students) was "working for a competitor" and deliberately accessed the system in order to "falsify security events and financial transactions." By Anonymous, PoliTechBot, April 15, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Teachers Teach The Techies
An interesting discussion ensues as a forum on learning technologies is launched by CETIS. For example, "as many participants pointed out, the only way in which all subject communities will be catered for properly, may be to forget about monolithic VLEs, and move to collections of specialised tools that do one or two things really well." Comments aren't posted yet, but should be shortly at the Pegadogy Forum website. In the meantime, there is this useful article to draw from. By Wilbert Kraan, CETIS, April 15, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The creator of bullying.org, a website devoted to the issue of bullies in schools, has launched a new site devoted to the online variety of bullying. As posted in the announcement to wwwedu: "Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal Web sites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others." By Bill Belsey, April 15, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

New German Copyright Law Pleases Scholars and Angers Academic Publishers
If the new law angers publishers, then (these days at least) it pleases educators. This seems to be the case for a new German law that "gives universities and research institutions considerable leeway to digitally distribute copyrighted materials among students and scholars without paying extra charges." Though welcomed by academics, the publishers say they will fight the law and that it will force them out of business. Maybe so: or maybe they should be revising their business models for the information age. By Burton Bollag, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 14, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Seb's "Weblogs and Knowledge Sharing" Survey: Results
In a nutshell: those who use weblogs, use them a lot. Statistically this survey probably isn't especially relevant, since the respondants, self-selected, are almost all regular weblog users (which would be how they found out about the survey). But it's an interesting snapshot of the dynamics developing in this community. By Sébastien Paquet, Seb's Open Mind, January, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Know a friend who might enjoy this newsletter?

Feel free to forward OLDaily to your colleagues. If you received this issue from a friend and would like a free subscription of your own, you can join our mailing list at http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/website/subscribe.cgi

[ About This NewsLetter] [ OLDaily Archives] [ Send me your comments]

Copyright © 2003 Stephen Downes
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.