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by Stephen Downes
March 5, 2008

PROLEARN Final Review
Revioew of a significant European initiative. "In the period 2004-2007 it brought together the most important European research groups in the area of professional learning and training, as well as other key organizations and industrial partners." If you're wondering what they did besides networking and conferences, "In addition to FlashMeeting, this includes the Conzilla concept modelling system, PROLEARN TV and the eMersion system for deplyoing innovative pedogical scenarios and flexible learning resources." See also the PROLEARN Roadmap for Professional Learning. Mohamed Amine Chatti, Weblog March 5, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment]

Web 2.0 Is the Future of Education
Good overview of the major trends involved in web 2.0 and how they impact education. I'm tempted to say "it's been said before" but this is a good restatement and a nice read. Steve Hargadon, Weblog March 5, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Introducing Omeka
Omeka is software used to display online collections or exhibits. "Omeka, from the Swahili word meaning 'to display or layout goods or wares; to speak out; to spread out; to unpack.'" The public beta was released today. Via Text2All. Dan Cohen, Weblog March 5, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

On Doing OER
Though I think I've mentioned this before, it bears repeating. "The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has created an online network that aggregates open educational resources (OER) within a social networking environment, for the purpose of stimulating engagement of diverse populations in accessing and using OER worldwide." This post, meanwhile, desxcribes related KSKME projects and how educators working is traditional environments can use OERs. Amee Godwin, Terra Incognita March 5, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Personal Learning Tools and Technologies
I haven't been part of the PLE discussion on Twitter, though I am carrying on about the concept in other fora, such as my talk today in Fredericton (no audio yet - I need to get the video from the organizers). But this post is helpful not so much because it documents the tweet tiff, but because it aggregates a number of recent posts on PLEs, this acting as a handy starting point. Related: George Siemens weighs in. Tony Karrer, eLearning Technology March 5, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Wider Access to ELI Discovery Tools Now Available
Ask and ye shall receive. "EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Discovery Tools on blogging, podcasting, Net Generation, and learning spaces are now available to non-ELI members." Let's hope this is the beginning of a newer more open ELI. Peggy Kurkowski, EDUCAUSE Connect March 5, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Open Educational Resources and Practices
Overview discussion of open educational resources (OERs) with specific recommendations for using OERs in practice. To access the full PDF paper click the link at the upper left. See more articles from the current elearningpapers, published by elearning europa. Sandra Schaffert and Guntram Geser, elearningpapers March 5, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Micro Blogging with Twitter
Introductory article on Twitter. "Depending on your point of view, Twitter is either a cool new way to connect or yet more online noise. But Twitter as an academic tool? In this interview, we talk with David Parry, assistant professor of Emerging Media at the University of Texas at Dallas, who recently blogged about using Twitter in class." Linda L Briggs, Campus Technology March 5, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

Designing for Flexible Learning Practice
It's a course, but it's in a wiki and you can see the whole thing at once if you want. Numerous links. "Flexible Learning is a type of curriculum design applied in formal education and training so as to offer people more choice, personalisation and control of their learning to suit particular needs. This course... is designed to help both formal and informal learners access and interpret models, research and professional dialogue in flexible learning." Leigh Blackall,, WikiEducator March 5, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

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