September 12, 2006

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Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Learning in Web 2.0, September 12, 2006
[link: Hits] So anyhow. Suppose you are in the heart of Africa and you have lost your airline tickets and passport. Do you (a) go straight to the Canadian embassy (assume you are Canadian) and get emergency tranportation home? (b) sit tight and wait for news from the authorities, not taking any risks? Or (c) go on safari?

It's not the sort of question you expect to come up a lot. Nonetheless, I faced it this week. And the winning answer was... c! Yes, I went on safari, came back several days later, and it looks like all will be well and that by this time tomorrow I will be halfway over the Indian Ocean on my way to Perth, and then Sydney. I hope.

In the meantime, I made my way to Cape Town and had a couple of fascinating talks, including this lunchtime talk (8.427 megabytes MP3) at the University of Cape Town. Intended to cover Web 2.0 tools, it went a little off topic (as it was supposed to) and became a look at just what Web 2.0 learning is supposed to be. I have a lot more audio and video, and more, to upload - but it will have to wait for now. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Konrad Glogowski[Edit][Delete]: On Commenting and Readerly Voice, Blog of Proximal Development [Edit][Delete] September 12, 2006
[link: 4 Hits] In 1980 I was sent to Austin, texas, for three months of training by Texas Instruments. After completing the self-study course (video and workbook) on MVS/JES3 operations, and the extra course I took on the JES3 Job Control Language (all fascinating stuff, believe me) I took another optional course, 'On the Way Up', on effective communication in the corporate environment. The course advocated the methodology of 'feel - want - willing' - that is, express how something makes you feel, state what you want, and show what you are willing to do in return. It was effective, and it worked (though I wasn't willing to become a worker-drone, and so TI promoted the other three trainees, who had completed one course, with a lower grade than I, because they 'fit in' better, deciding that I was too much of a loose cannon (even then!) to pomote). Anyhow, Konrad Glogowski's post on killing communication with the teacherly voice reminded me of that lesson. What would be so hard about responding authentically, with what you feel as a reader? The same things, maybe, that kept TI from promoting me (their loss). [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Will Wikipedia Mean the End Of Traditional Encyclopedias?, Wall Street Journal [Edit][Delete] September 12, 2006
[link: Hits] A bit like WWF Smackdown (oh, sorry, WWE now), Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales and Britannica's Dale Hoiberg engage in a back and forth debate on the relative merits of each other's product. "Artificially excluding good people from the process is not the best way to gather accurate knowledge. Britannica has acknowledged the value of having multiple contributors, although of course because they are proprietary rather than freely licensed they would have a very hard time attracting the kind of talent that we have." Via Brian Lamb. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Marc Meola[Edit][Delete]: Facebook News Feed Backlash Reveals Student Privacy Concerns, ACRLog [Edit][Delete] September 12, 2006
[link: Hits] Two lessons from this item. First, you can't just change terms of service without a backlash, not even if you are Facebook. And second, things you think are private online, aren't. [Tags: ] [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.

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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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