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by Stephen Downes
February 12, 2008

U.S. Copyright Lobby Complains About Canadian Copyright
More on the same theme. I know it's a bit repetitive, bit people should be aware of the external influences on Canadian national policy. Because, I can assure you, the intent is not to benefit Canadians. In better news, the Canadian Library Association has launched a copyright advocacy kit. Additionally, also via Michael geist, Howard Knopf makes it clear that Canada is not obligated to ratify the WIPO treaty. Nor should we. Michael Geist, Weblog February 12, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Finely Tuned Antennae
Paul Walk reconsiders the 'discovery to delivery' model, making the well-reasoned point that more and more of our services are delivered, not discovered. Like in this newsletter, for example. :) So he proposes an alternative approach: "gesture -> delivery -> discovery". I think this is a direction online rsearch and learnings services will head. Scott Wilson picks up on this: "Coincidentally its been on my mind, too, as part of the FeedForward project." It is an idea whose time has come; I outlined the same idea in a meeting this afternoon (no, really, I did! Ask Norm) and has been at least part of the thinking behind my RSS Writr. Paul Walk, Weblog February 12, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

Instructional Design in Academia - €“Where Theory and Practice Rarely Meet
Interesting post looking at whether the knowledge of instructional design principles is necessary for the study of instructional design. "Does it matter if Cammy knows (and I have no idea if she does) what the Dick/Carey, Smith/Ragan, or Morrison/Ross/Kemp models are? What about Component Display Theory, Elaboration Theory, the Conditions of Learning, Learning Hierarchies, the ARCS model, 4C/ID, ADDIE, ASSURE, Schema theory, Cognitive apprenticeship, Social Learning theory, or Cognitive flexibility? Does she need to know those?" Via Cammy Bean. John Curry, February 12, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

ELI In Conversation: Second Life and Virtual Worlds - An Approach to Active Learning
31 minute podcast from the ELI 2008 Annual Meeting. "The topic is Second Life and virtual worlds. How can virtual world participation help students become active learners? How can instructors approach virtual worlds with an eye toward their own curriculum. Are there any privacy or safety issues that must be breached in with getting your students on Second Life?" gbayne, EDUCAUSE Community Blogs February 12, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Follow-Up With Kitchener Reporter
Barry Dahl obtains clarification of the Kitchener Record report. "Blackboard's ultimate goal may be to force D2L to take out a license rather than to put D2L out of business. But it hopes to use the threat of an injunction - a ban on D2L sales in the US - to force D2L to do so." Barry Dahl, Desire2Blog February 12, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

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