by Stephen Downes
May 14, 2008
Blackboard V. Desire2Learn: The First Final Judgment
very good recap of the various rulings and denied appeals that have followed the verdict in the Blackboard patent case. Jim Farmer, e-Literate, May 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Desire2Learn, Patents, Copyrights, Blackboard Inc., Patents] [Comment]
Does Anyone Else See "Student Records" in "Data Portability"?
Mark Oehlert connects the dots. "We are running full tilt into other efforts in exploding market spaces that may well be already trying to solve problems that have thought were unique to us." Mark Oehlert, e-Clippings, May 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Love, Conversation, Community Vs Nobody But Yourself
Dave Pollard offers an answer to my question, "Where did the idea that you're missing something in your life come from?" saying, "From outside, from those who you love, converse, and make community with, telling you that you belong with them, if only you will give up those annoying, unacceptable parts, please. And from inside, where something wild, primeval, uncivilized, some vestige of nobody-but-yourself, tells you to just be more authentically human, to fly, to be free." Dave Pollard, How to Save the World, May 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Connecting E-Learning Research, Policy and Practice - Providing an International Perspective
Yesterday's presentation from the Shaping Our Future conference is now available as an Elluminate archive. Slides from this presentation, and also Terry Anderson's presentation from Monday, are available on Slideshare (where the remainder of the conference presentations will be uploaded). There is also a Pageflakes summary of the conference that includes a 'universal blog search' for the term 'sof2008', a link to the del.icio.us sf2008 tag (I still find the PageFlakes interface a nuisance to use - I hate the annoying popups). Gráinne Conole, SoF 2008, May 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: del.icio.us, Web Logs] [Comment]
The Way We Learn Now
So, here's the message from Cisco:
* Curricula must be created that do a better job of preparing students to thrive in a globally networked, increasingly information-driven economy.
* Enabling technology must be integrated more fully and consistently into the pedagogy.
* Today's connected learners require methods of engagement that correspond to the ways they interrelate and communicate outside the classroom.
* Education systems must become less compartmentalized and insular by seeking partnerships inside and outside the education community
Amy Christen, Learning Circuits, May 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Online Learning, Networks, Cisco] [Comment]
Professor Allen Tough
Terry Anderson performs a service at the current Shaping Our Future conference by linking to the work of Alan Tough, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, who during a career of 33 years, examined "(1) the long-term future of human civilization, (2) highly advanced intelligence in the universe, and (3) humanity's search for meaning and purpose on the individual and societal level." Tough's work at the current conference is relevant because of his 1967 book, Learning Without a Teacher, as well as Intentional Changes, written in 1982. But readers should not stop with his work on education; I personally enjoyed his work on futurism, and especially A Message From Future Generations (1995). Allen Tough, Website, May 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Linking and Deep Linking] [Comment]
Facebook, Meet Blackboard
Blackboard has built a Facebook application. The best comment is from Barbara Fister: "So we pour the content of one propriety system into another proprietary system, hoping students will find their way from one to the other?" Andy Guess, Inside Higher Ed, May 14, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Books, Blackboard Inc.] [Comment]
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