By Stephen Downes
October 26, 2004

This is Simply Smarter Broadcasting
Simple outline and link to a half hour MP3 summary of podcasting. "It's nothing more than Internet radio at its core, folks. It's audio, on-demand, that's easily synchronized with your computer system / portable media device... in theory." Don't forget, you can hear this broadcast on Ed Radio (invented long before podcasting). By Chris Pirillo, C:\PIRILLO.EXE ~ Chris Pirillo, October 26, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Should Wikinews launch? "Wikinews is a proposed project with the goal to collaboratively report and summarize news on all subjects from a neutral point of view. This proposal describes the project goals, and outlines five basic requirements for the project. If it is implemented, there will be Wikinews communities in many languages. The precise implementation of the Wikinews requirements is left up to these individual communities." By Various Authors, October 26, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Life-long Learning’s Usual Suspects
"Efforts to lure people to new educational technologies and to promote a culture of life-long learning resemble a case of preaching to the converted, according to a new UK study... a new study suggests that education in the digital age largely attracts the ‘usual suspects’ – in the UK, at least." By Unattributed, Europa, October, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

HCC's Growing Online Courses Educating Those Who Otherwise Couldn't Enroll
For many people, the choice is between e-learing and nothing. Something to keep in mind when evaluating the quality of e-learning as compared to traditional learning. By Andrew Wind, Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier, October 26, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Customer Training Is Outsourcing’s Hottest Trend
Customer training isn't a new application of e-learning; for years whenasked to name a quality e-learning application I would refer to Macromedia Director's built-in training application. But we don't notice customer training as a type of e-learning because it has been done so badly - Microsoft Help, anyone? Anyhow, customer training is now the next big thing in e-learning outsourcing, according to this article. I have to say - it couldn't hurt. By Paul Harris, Learning Circuits, October, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Song-Swap Networks Still Humming
CD sales are increasing again; this must mean that file sharing has slowed, right? No. File sharing is also increasing. "In general we observe that P2P activity has not diminished," says the study, which will be presented at IEEE Globecom 2004 next month. "On the contrary, P2P traffic represents a significant amount of internet traffic and is likely to continue to grow in the future, RIAA behavior notwithstanding." When sharing increases, sales increase. When sharing is reduced - as it was, briefly, when Napster was shut down - sales are reduced. The current increase in CD sales is because of - not in spite of - increased file sharing. By Katie Dean, Wired News, October 25, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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