February 22, 2006


E-Learning 2.0 at the E-Learning Forum
Tomorrow (Thursday) I get onto an airplane and fly to Alaska, so there will be no newsletter. Today I presented via teleconference to the E-Learning Forum today - here are the slides and audio. Note that the audio is pretty loud - you'll have to turn the volume way down. [Tags: Online Learning, Newsletters, Podcasting] [Comment]


Danah Boyd[Edit][Delete]: Identity Production in a Networked Culture: Why Youth Heart MySpace, February 22, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] "The dynamics of identity production play out visibly on MySpace," writes Danah Boyd. "Profiles are digital bodies, public displays of identity where people can explore impression management. Because the digital world requires people to write themselves into being, profiles provide an opportunity to craft the intended expression through language, imagery and media." Via Josie Fraser and Brian Lamb. [Tags: Online Learning, Web Logs] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Beverley Ferrell[Edit][Delete]: Games- Gaming for Education, ITForum [Edit][Delete] February 22, 2006
[link: Hits] Just uploaded, a comprehensive list of links and resources related to games and gaming in learning. A valuable resource. [Tags: Games and Gaming] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Steven Harnad[Edit][Delete]: ROAR, JISC-Repositories [Edit][Delete] February 22, 2006
[link: Hits] Steven Harnad writes: "Here are three (lately re-named) OA Registries that we hope the OA community will find useful (and will use!): (1) ROAR is the Registry of Open Access Repositories. See also ROAR's sister project, OpenDOAR. (2) ROARMAP is the Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies. (3) The ROMEO Journal/Publisher Self-Archiving Policy Directory. [Tags: Project Based Learning, Open Source] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Feeding Hungry School Children: Added to the Development Agenda, ID21 [Edit][Delete] February 22, 2006
[link: Hits] To the headline I say: good. Note this: "School feeding programmes are cost-effective - a child can be fed for a year for US$34 - and the programmes can double enrolments within a year. Offering take-home rations to girls is an incentive for parents to allow girls to attend school." Also: "On empty stomachs, children are easily distracted and cannot concentrate properly. Hunger impedes a child's ability to learn and achieve." I've said it before and I'll say it again and again and again until we somehow regain our moral stance in society: feed the children. [Tags: Schools, Children and Child Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Stuart Yeates[Edit][Delete]: Open Source and Trading Standards, EDUCAUSE Blogs [Edit][Delete] February 22, 2006
[link: Hits] Interesting observation about the sale of open source software. "If Mozilla permit the sale of copied versions of its software, it makes it virtually impossible for us, from a practical point of view, to enforce UK anti-piracy legislation, as it is difficult for us to give general advice to businesses over what is/is not permitted." Right. Because as Stuart Yeates says, "open source is eroding the nice easy simplifications of copyright law that people have been working by, mistaking their simplifications for law." This is why publishers oppose open content, and want to set up private networks that exclude open content. [Tags: Books and eBooks, Copyright and Patent Issues, Networks, Open Source, Open Content] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Greg Ritter[Edit][Delete]: educate/innovate, February 22, 2006
[link: Hits] As Scott Leslie informs us, Blackboard's Greg Ritter (and others at Blackboard) has picked up his blogging quill again. Why? Maybe this, from the most recent post: "We put out a poll for Bb clients on the topic they were most interested in discussing during our Bb World '06 Birds of a Feather sessions. The most popular session, hands down, was 'Blogs, Podcasting, RSS and Wiki' according to the votes. It prompted me to ask: What's the big deal with blogs, etc...? How are they important to e-learning?" Update: Greg Ritter writes, "Thanks for the call out, but you should note that Educate/Innovate isn't a Greg Ritter blog, it's a Blackboard blog being written and managed by a team of people at Blackboard. I just happen to be one of the team. In fact, the post you referenced in the above link wasn't written by me, but by my colleague, Adrian Alleyne." [Tags: Online Learning, Web Logs, Blackboard] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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