By Stephen Downes
October 1, 2004

Newsflash! Technologies Can Support Online Collaboration!
The audio isn't ready yet, and there were no PowerPoint slides, but my afternoon workshop in Adelaide need not reamin a mystery any longer thanks to this content map Marty Cielens captured of the discussion. Today's newsletter comes to you from Strahan, Tasmania, Australia. I'll send another tomorrow (Saturday) to round out the week. By Marty Cielens, Marty by Design, October 1, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Understanding Weblogs
From the asbtract: "Future use of weblogs lie in the three formal world perspectives Habermas distinguishes: self-expression (subjective), sharing knowledge (objective) and social criticism (inter-subjective)." Yes, but what about power laws? Via SoulSoup. By Elmine Wijnia, October 01, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

eSchool News Ed-Tech Insider
Launching Monday but already filling with content, the eSchool News Ed-Tech Insider is "a unique feature with regular posts by some of the leading names in educational weblogging." Contributors include Tom Hoffman, Will Richardson, Tim Lauer, Steve Burt and Anne Davis. By Various Authors, October 1, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Is the Internet Infrastructure?
I referred to this item during my workshop in Hobart yesterday (a wide-ranging, free wheeling and sometimes controversial series of observations and rants - yes, there is audio, which will be posted when it's ready) so here is the link. The upshot is that Danish "municipalities are not allowed to support or help build Internet access." This, I suggested, is one of the concerns about private sector participation in the provision of public infrastructure. Via Poynter. By Ernst Poulsen, E-0Media Tidbits, September 30, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Pedagogy of Weblogs
Descriptions of teachers' experiences using blogs in classrooms; what was once considered fanciful becomes reality: "If we show our students how these tools might work in their efforts to communicate their experiences, to connect with communities and to engage in complex intellectual and artistic endeavors, we can step back, out of the way, and watch them take over their education." By Will Richardson, Welogg-Ed, October 1, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

My Birthday Red Egg to Her Birthday Party
Commentary on my talk in Adelaide. In the title item, Albert Ip illuminates my four ways the e-learning industry is wrong with a story of his own about eggs and birthdays. Scor Aldred launches a new blog into the world and links to his own presentation on blogs and wikis. George Siemens things I should open my ideas up so, say, a learning innovations group. Martin Terre Blanche thought I was spot on and offers a nice summary; he is echoed by Michel Duijvestijn, who comments (in Dutch), "Ook Stephen omarmt overigens het concept van ‘Small Pieces Loosely Joined’." By Albert Ip, Random Walk in E-Learning, September 30, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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