June 13, 2006


Nancy White[Edit][Delete]: Open Peer Review of Scientific Articles, Full Circle Online Interaction Blog [Edit][Delete] June 13, 2006
[link: 6 Hits] I know I said there would be no newsletter today. And with a full-day set of flights from Vienna to Moncton, that would normally be the case. But today's newsletter began life somewhere over the mid-Atlantic, and Lufthansa's onboard wireless (as well as a 4.5 hour battery life on my laptop) allowed me to linger over this issue as the clouds drifted by. The service has been quite acceptable, if a little expensive. And now I'm somewhere over Quebec and ready to send this puppy out just before we land. After all - I could not resist the opportunity to send my first airliner-based newsletter.

And we begin today with an interesting item noted by Nancy White: "In Nature's peer review trial, lasting for three months, authors can choose to have their submissions posted on a preprint server for open comments, in parallel with the conventional peer review process. Anyone in the field may then post comments, provided they are prepared to identify themselves. Once the usual confidential peer review process is complete, the public 'open peer review' process will be closed." Any small-scale pilot of a network effect will mislead, of course, but the fact that they are looking at all interests me greatly. [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Christian Long[Edit][Delete]: PodTech Goes the Scoble! and Why it Matters!, think:lab [Edit][Delete] June 13, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] I never really followed Robert Scoble's blog after the first few weeks. It was an interesting experiment, though, and Christian Long captures the end of his term with eloquence and in a way that makes it directly relevant to me. Because, isn't this what I have been saying recently? "If we do not soon begin to realize that the learner ultimately decides what learning environments they will join, that engagement is not about force-feeding and innovation is not about tightly wrapped up corporate policies and that when you have talent in your ranks you better provide them the most dynamic learning and collaboration tools known to mankind or lose them." There's a lot more in this item, and what's interesting to me is why these new tools matter. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Doug Belshaw[Edit][Delete]: Google Earth Overlays for History Teaching, teaching.mrbelshaw.co.uk [Edit][Delete] June 13, 2006
[link: Hits] This, of course, is a natural: overlaying historical maps (such as a World War I map) over Google Maps to assist history teaching. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Platypus Matt[Edit][Delete]: Can you Hear This Sound?, Kairos [Edit][Delete] June 13, 2006
[link: Hits] The teen-age ringtone phenomenon has captured the interest of readers (and unsolicited advertisers). Still, it's pretty funny. If you want to hear (or not hear, as the case may me) the ringtone, here's the MP3. And don't ask me where to get it as a ringtone, I have no idea. Oh, and do I hear it, you ask? Nope. Nothing. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Judy Breck[Edit][Delete]: Text Mentoring is Here - Or At Least at Buckinghamshire, Golden Swamp [Edit][Delete] June 13, 2006
[link: 6 Hits] A new term for you: "text mentoring." Which is being "able to message teachers from home with revision queries and get a text answer." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tony Karrer[Edit][Delete]: What is Rapid eLearning?, eLearning Technology [Edit][Delete] June 13, 2006
[link: 7 Hits] Discussion of what the author feels is the "take-over" of the term 'rapid e-learning' and advocacy (I guess) for the alternative approach, now to be called Reference Hybrids. A related post, Blowing Up ADDIE, may shed some light on where the author is headed - I would read it as, he sees the new approach as a way of organizing learning reasources, while the other side' sees it as a new way of producing resources. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Alan Levine[Edit][Delete]: Knock Knock Flickr, Cogdogblog [Edit][Delete]CogDogBlog [Edit][Delete] June 13, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] So typical. A small company (Flickr) is bought by a large company (Yahoo!) and becomes coarse, unreasonable and insensitive (btw, if you browse Flickr, there is a lot of 'non-photo' content that has been uploaded). This sort of problem is the big question mark I see in hosted services - and hence, a lot of the approaches that typify what people think of as Web 2.0. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Lisa Jokivirta[Edit][Delete]: What Went Wrong with AllLearn?, University Business [Edit][Delete] June 13, 2006
[link: Hits] Interesting. "Oxford, Yale and Stanford closed their joint not-for-profit online venture, AllLearn (Alliance for Lifelong Learning) citing insufficient enrollments and funding as the primary reasons... 'the cost of offering top-quality enrichment courses at affordable prices was not sustainable over time.'" Another one bites the dust. Anyhow, this article is a detailed analysis, worth a visit. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jochen Robes[Edit][Delete]: Microlearning 2006, www.weiterbildungsblog.de [Edit][Delete] June 13, 2006
[link: Hits] Coverage, in German, of the Microlearning conference (the Google English translation is reasonably coherent) included here mostly because it's not every day one gets called the Rousseau of the internet age. Of course someone else in the crowd grumbled, Scharlatan." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Kevin Flanders[Edit][Delete]: O Canada! Canadians and Open Source, Directions Magazine [Edit][Delete] June 13, 2006
[link: Hits] Interesting post on Canadian contributions to open source GIS (geographical information service) software. It pleases me to see Canadians as involved promoting open source in that field as in our own. And it is interesting to see the speculation at the end of the article regarding the reason Canada - and not, say, the United States - has taken the lead here. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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