February 14, 2006


On Freedom and Compassion
We cannot be free unless we are free in our hearts, and we cannot be free in our hearts unless the very value of freedom becomes one with who we are, until the very value of freedom is one that guides us, not only through adherence to the limits set out by law and custom, but in our lives, our feelings for each other.[Tags: ] [Comment]


: Thoughts on the Mythical School Aggregator (EduGlu?), February 14, 2006
[link: Hits] I'm not sure how mythical such an aggregator is, but the discussion is worthwhile. Don't forget to read the comments. Via Brian Lamb. [Tags: Online Learning, Web Logs] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Scott Wilson[Edit][Delete]: Service-orient Your Web Application - In Two PPT slides, February 14, 2006
[link: 6 Hits] For the record, this is the only post I will ever link to with the word 'service-orient' used as a verb. That said, the link from this short item is well worth the two-slide view, and it captures the essence of service orientation without the angst. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

James Farmer[Edit][Delete]: Outstanding edublogs.org Posts, Incorporated Subversion [Edit][Delete]Incorporated subversion [Edit][Delete] February 14, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] James Farmer wanders through his edublogs site and finds a variety of posts and resources, the resulting list of which may be worth a linger. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Paul Albright[Edit][Delete]: Final Report of UNESCO Forum on Open Educational Resources in HE, UNESCO [Edit][Delete] February 14, 2006
[link: Hits] The final report of the UNESCO Open Educational Resources (OER) Discussion Forum has been released. "Open course content, whether full course materials or course elements, constitutes an important resource to higher education institutions, teaching staff and learners. However, if there is little or no awareness of availability, open course content cannot be exploited, and even with awareness of availability, there are challenges and barriers to its effective use." [Tags: UNESCO] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Kathy D. Munoz and Joan Van Duzer[Edit][Delete]: Blackboard vs. Moodle: A Comparison of Satisfaction with Online Teaching and Learning Tools, February 14, 2006
[link: 39 Hits] Interesting comparison between Blackboard and Moodle, with a slight edge being given to Moodle, but let's not get excited over a single survey consisting of 32 people. Via Scott Leslie. [Tags: Blackboard] [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.

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