February 9, 2006


Albert Ip[Edit][Delete]: Information, Language, Knowledge and Connectedness, Random Walk in E-Learning [Edit][Delete]Random Walk in E-Learning [Edit][Delete] February 9, 2006
[link: 10 Hits] Albert Ip commentss on my discussion with George Siemens on subjectivity and objectivity. I'll leave my commentary until he finishes his piece, but I will observe at this juncture that his use of words like 'information' and 'knowledge' is very different from mine - dramatically different. This, for example: "I will use the word 'information' to represent everything external to me." This is not remotely how I would define 'information' - my usage is more similar, I think, to writers like Dretske (Knowledge and the Flow of Information). [Tags: Information] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Chris Lehmann[Edit][Delete]: Incremental Change, Practical Theory [Edit][Delete] February 9, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] Tom Hoffman writes that "expecting bloggers to change things quickly is a little unrealistic" and Christian Long observes, "I'm not sure when the rule was laid down that any blogging -- whether it be about education or technology or some wonderful hybrid or about collectors of guinea pigs or whatever your bag of raisins -- that it had to change the world on any level." In this article, Chris Lehmann takes the view that Hoffman and Long are right to recommend patience. "We are changing things. Slowly... incrementally... one school... one classroom... one district at a time. And we are doing it at a time when the overarching edu-political landscape isn't exactly welcoming the kinds of reforms many of us are writing about and working to implement. And yet, we're doing it anyway." [Tags: Online Learning, Web Logs, Schools] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Christopher D. Sessums[Edit][Delete]: Risky Business: Teachers and Pedagogical Change, Christopher D. Sessums :: Weblog [Edit][Delete] February 9, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] When I read about resistance to technological change, I frequently see it couched in terms of fear, as in this article. I think that's a myth - the image of people, including teachers, cowering from growth and development because they're afraid of change doesn't sit well with me, and doesn't reflect the experiences I've had talking with them. To say people are afraid to change, it seems to me, is really to say that you can't really explain the advantages of the change you're proposing, and so it's somehow their fault. It isn't, you know. [Tags: Experience] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Stephen Carson[Edit][Delete]: Downes on OER Sustainability, OpenFiction [Edit][Delete] February 9, 2006
[link: Hits] Some commentary and correction regarding my observations about MIT's OpenCourseWare contained in my recent paper on sustainable open educational resources. Some good observations, too: "no project can really sustain the costs of producing 'reusable' materials, even assuming they could determine what that meant... So the path to sustainable projects seems to lie in getting as many materials onto the web in as close a state to that of their original use as is possible." [Tags: Project Based Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Cindy Cohn[Edit][Delete]: AOL, Yahoo and Goodmail: Taxing Your Email for Fun and Profit, EFF: DeepLinks [Edit][Delete] February 9, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Just for the record, I will not be paying money to send out OLDaily every day (who could afford it?) - I think we need to keep in mind the impact of such proposals on free and non-commercial content, such as this newsletter, to ask ourselves very closely, what is the real intent of a strategy that makes free newsletters like mine impossible to deliver? [Tags: Newsletters, Yahoo!] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Pieter Boeder and Mirjam Struppek[Edit][Delete]: Urban Screens: Discovering the Potential of Outdoor Screens for Urban Society, First Monday [Edit][Delete] February 9, 2006
[link: Hits] I remember Derrick de Kerckhove talking about urban screens - "interactive, dynamic digital information displays in urban environments" - a few years ago at a conference in Edmonton. It was one of those gee-whiz presedntations full of hope but with no discernable impact. But I'm not surprised to see the concept emerge again; it's too alluring to let go. But I think urban screens should be more personal. I have proposed repeatedly that we try something like that at NRC - ambient wall-screens connecting offices between cities (after all, we're on CA*Net 4, so we have the bandwidth). Because the idea is to connect people, not cities (and certainly not propaganda). Much more on urban screens in this month's issue of First Monday. [Tags: Bandwidth, Marketing, Games and Gaming] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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