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by Stephen Downes
January 30, 2008

The Reality of Virtual Learning
Presentation by Stephen Downes, DNDLearn, Cornwall, Ontario, [Link]

Web 2.0, E-learning 2.0 and the New Learning
Presentation by Stephen Downes, Learning Technologies Conference, London, UK, presented online (WebX), [Link]

To Cornwall and Back

After sending yesterday's newsletter I flew to Montreal and drove to Cornwall, arriving in the freezing rain around 1:30 in the morning. This morning I gave two presentations, one - Web 2.0, E-learning 2.0 and the New Learning - online using WebX to the Learning Technologies Conference at Olympia 2, London. The photo above is the view from my window of the St. Lawrence River as I gave that presentation. Then I went downstairs and gave a keynote address - The Reality of Virtual learning - to the Canadian Defence Academy's DNDLearn Conference at the NavCan conference facility. Follow the links for slides and audio. If you've listened to my talks before the content will be familiar (I need to add new slides and explore new concepts) though I thing the articulation is getting better with each talk. So anyhow, today's newsletter is a bit short. Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web January 30, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , , , ] [Comment]

Copyright For Normal Folks
Tim Stahmer notes, "Cory Doctorow has an interesting proposal for a dual copyright system, one for commercial use and one for cultural use." I don't know what's so new about this; historically, copyright applied only to commercial use. It's only in the digital era that the lawyers were really interested in what people did in the privacy of their own appliances. But the alternative to commercial use isn't 'cultural' use - after all, Disney has been commercializing culture for a decade. The alternative is the venerable 'noncommercial' domain. And yes, copyright should operate differently in this realm. Tim Stahmer, Assorted Stuff January 30, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Selling Out the Edublogs Community?
Not everyone is completely sanguine about the launch of Magazine. Judy O'Connell expresses a concern about "the overt promotion of bloggers who use the edublogs platform." This has already happened in one article, so the concern is note baseless. Neither is it unique to Edublogs - it's the sort of mutual self-promotion we see among the writers of TechLearning. And as those writers know, I'll call it if I see it. So, apparently, will others in the blogosphere. Good. Miguel Guhlin, Around the Corner v2 January 30, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Twitter for Academia
In a post that caught the