May 2, 2006


Scott Wilson[Edit][Delete]: Presenting Plex at the ELF Developers Forum, the personal learning environments blog [Edit][Delete] May 2, 2006
[link: Hits] Interesting and useful presentation from Scott Wilson on initial work in the development of the personal learning environment (PLE). You can access information and downloads for Plex, the prototype PLE, at the the personal learning environments blog. [Tags: Web Logs, E-Framework] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tony Karrer[Edit][Delete]: Informal Learning is Too Important to Leave to Chance, eLearning Technology [Edit][Delete] May 2, 2006
[link: 14 Hits] Of course the presumption in this title, with which I disagree, is that unmanaged learning is simply a matter of chance. But that can't be right; otherwise, informal learning wouldn't be very important even now. Have a look at this - and especially read the comments in George Siemens's piece. And note well that corporate learning is (almost) always about control, which creates an internal tension in any corporate informal learning. To see this point, look at this article (via James Farmer). "MySpace isn't that much easier to use than Friendster, or than other shared-user-content sites like Flickr (photo sharing), (bookmarks), or Digg (tech news). But it mixes multiple publishing models--blogs, photos, music, videos, friend networks--into one personal space. Most important, it doesn't presume to know what your goals are." [Tags: Connectivism, Online Learning, Networks,] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Michael Feldstein[Edit][Delete]: If They Build It, Will We Come?, E-Literate [Edit][Delete] May 2, 2006
[link: 6 Hits] Responding to an idem describing the popularity of Facebook, Michael Feldstein observes, "And yet, we can't seem to get ePortfolios off the ground. Clearly, we're starting from the wrong end of things. Let the students show us how they use online spaces to present themselves, and let us go to them and teach them how to harness what they are already doing for purposes like reflection and job hunting." Quite right. We always talk about how we can use new technologies in learning, when we should be talking about how to provide learning in new technologies. [Tags: Online Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Andy Carvin[Edit][Delete]:, May 2, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] Andy Carvin has a new web home, "The blog, which I'll be writing and editing for PBS Online, will focus on the intersection of Internet culture and K-12 education. One of the primary goals is to help guide educators through the ins and outs of what's often referred to as 'Web 2.0,' including blogging, podcasting, vlogging, RSS, social software and community networks." This is a great development; Carvin is a stalwart in the field and his work with the Digital Divide Network was missed. [Tags: Web Logs, Networks, Web 2.0, Podcasting] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Alan Levine[Edit][Delete]: Podcasting on the Cheap, CogDogHouse [Edit][Delete] May 2, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] I intend to do quite a bit more podcasting in the future as this site ramps up again. In the meantime, this is a wiki version of a presentation outlining the basics of podcasting and, more importantly, listing a number of resources to help you do it yourself for almost no cost at all. Via Darren Kuropatwa, who writes about Vaestro, a tool that allows people to give you audio comments on your blog or website. Also worth a look is this presentation on e-lectures by Mark E. Ott from the recent HigherEd BlogCon conference. [Tags: Web Logs, Podcasting] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Arthur Sale[Edit][Delete]: Shrewd University OA Policy Advice from the Antipodes, BOAI Forum [Edit][Delete] May 2, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] This item, a post on the BOAI discussion list, offers a slew of good advice on author support for institutional repositories. Worth noting, as Arthur Sale says, "the vast majority of academics (85%+) are non-participants and will seize any excuse however spurious to avoid doing any extra work." And so, "Don't expend significant amounts of time and money on author-support until you've got the mandate. It is pretty much wasted anyway, like flushing dollar notes down the toilet." I also note his advice that we should not worry about metadata quality; "the most popular discovery techniques are not dependent on metadata." [Tags: Discussion Lists, Learning Object Repositories, Academics and Academia, Metadata, Podcasting] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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