September 13, 2006

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Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Diddy, September 13, 2006
[link: Hits] My flight to Perth boards in eight minutes, and I will be on it, thanks to Diddy and many others. So my talk in Sydney will go ahead, and I will try to Skypecast it if I can. Meanwhile, I also posted an essay on how to quickly and expertly write articles and essays. Also, there is more audio goodness from Cape Town (20 megabytes). Hoping one day to get a new computer, so my keyboard won't skip. Until then - I'm about to cross the Indian Ocean. No newsletter tomorrow, probably. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Migual Guhlin[Edit][Delete]: Around the Corner, Mousing Around [Edit][Delete] September 13, 2006
[link: Hits] I can't even get some people (like Dave Warlick) to acknowledge the argument that file sharing might be ethical and that it might be the publishers who are the the pirates. In the mean time, the extortion continues as a grandmother sits in her sewing room and ponders why she is being threatened with a $100,000 lawsuit for buying a CD off eBay. To Warlick and the rest - if you're going to teach internet ethics, explain to me how it's ethical to shake down little old ladies for $300. Hm? [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

James McGee[Edit][Delete]: New Bloggers on the Future of Work, September 13, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] Every area of study, every discipline, now has its own cluster of bloggers. The topic of 'the future of work' is no exception, and James McGee treats us to a nice roundup of the major voices in that sector. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Norm Friesen[Edit][Delete]: Learning Theories: The Philosophical Family Tree, Ipseity [Edit][Delete] September 13, 2006
[link: 17 Hits] Hm. I am certainly going to have to revise this diagram, if I am to account for the philosoiphical influences on learning theories that I follow. Where is Rousseau, for starters? Where is Friere? Where is Illich? To name a few. And to depict all of learning theory as descendant from Kant? Ridiculous. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tony Hirst[Edit][Delete]: If You Want to Personalise Your VLE, You Got it..., OUseful Info [Edit][Delete] September 13, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] The key phrase here is, "I... now have a way of easily getting my own widgets into Moodle - for Firefox users at least - whether or nor sys admin want me to :-)" Isn't it time we owned our own internet experience? Isn't it time the system administrator stopped telling us what sort of applications are 'acceptable?' [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.

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.

This is what I aspire toward, this is what I work toward. - Stephen Downes