January 4, 2006


Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: An Introduction to Connective Knowledge - Audio Version, January 4, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] Some people, when presented with this grey wall of text, would dive in with relish, but others will say, sensibly, "I'll wait for the movie." It's obviously hard to say, but it seems to me that this may be my most important paper. Right now, certainly, it's the most important to me. Sure, it's a bit loose, and could stand fewer typos, but it is the only drawn-out overview of my philosophy of learning and knowledge. So it seemed to me important to record an audio version of the paper, available here. It runs an hour and 34 minutes, so give yourself some time. Please enjoy this; without you, it could never have been written. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Steve's ANTics, January 4, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] I recorded this short outline of learning theory when I was in Australia in 2001 and receive a request today by email to share it again with people. Hard to say no to that! So here it is (3.9 meg .mov file - might not play on all players). Caution - clicking on the link launches the video directly - Go here to launch it from your web browser. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

James J. Duderstadt, Wm. A. Wulf and Robert Zemsky[Edit][Delete]: Envisioning a Transformed University, Issues [Edit][Delete] January 4, 2006
[link: Hits] Forward-looking article that suggests that some of the things being talked about here (though interestingly the authors observe, "there is remarkably little conversation about the major changes occurring...") are beginning to be recognized at the higher administrative levels. What I like about this article is that it points not only to changing technology but also to correspondingly changing practice and pedagogy. "The university may need to reorganize itself quite differently, stressing forms of pedagogy and extracurricular experiences to nurture and teach the art and skill of creativity and innovation. This would probably imply a shift away from highly specialized disciplines and degree programs to programs placing more emphasis on integrating knowledge. To this end, perhaps it is time to integrate the educational mission of the university with the research and service activities of the faculty by ripping instruction out of the classroom - or at least the lecture hall - and placing it instead in the discovery environment of the laboratory or studio or the experiential environment of professional practice." There's a lot more good discussion; this article is well worth a read. More from the current issue of Issues (which could really use an RSS feed). [Tags: Online Learning, Experience, Research] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Marc Oehlert[Edit][Delete]: Slick Implementation of Video/Audio iPod Use in Class, E-Clippings [Edit][Delete] January 4, 2006
[link: Hits] Marc Oehlert reports on this press release from Tegrity announcing an application that records class lectures and automatically makes then available as podcasts to students signed up in a Blackboard course. "During class, instructors press one button to start and stop recording and the software automatically creates visual podcasts broken down by chapter, that are automatically uploaded after class to the right place on the Tegrity Server." [Tags: Blackboard, Podcasting] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Thomas Bacher[Edit][Delete]: Another View on The Access Principle, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] January 4, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] It feels reading this article as though the Director of the Purdue University Press would like to support open access but just cannot see how it could work in beyond today's reality. Numerous points I could pick on, but I'll limit myself to this point, which comes up a few times: "In fact, the press would give away all scholarship if it could find a financial backer to allow this. However, the reality is that costs need to be recovered." One wonders, is the university library under the same constraint? Does it have to earn back the millions it spends on subscriptions? Obviously not - so why not spent the acquisitions budget on publishing instead? Stop paying to buy publications, and start paying to produce them. [Tags: Subscription Services] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Internet Lampposts to be Trialled, BBC News [Edit][Delete] January 4, 2006
[link: Hits] How cool is this? "Smart lampposts that could provide high-speed internet access are set to go on trial in Scotland." [Tags: Scotland, Cool] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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I want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumberance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.

Where they are able to form networks of meaningful and rewarding relationships with their peers, with people who share the same interests or hobbies, the same political or religious affiliations - or different interests or affiliations, as the case may be.

This to me is a society where knowledge and learning are public goods, freely created and shared, not hoarded or withheld in order to extract wealth or influence.

This is what I aspire toward, this is what I work toward. - Stephen Downes


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