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by Stephen Downes
September 25, 2008

Personal Learning Environments
Discussion of some of the principles of the personal learning environment with a look at my own gRSShopper software as well as the Connectivism online course. Presentation by Stephen Downes, Brandon Hall Innovations in Learning 2008, San Jose, California, [Link]

Video Excerpt: Peter Orton Keynote, Innovations in Learning Conference
I am in San Jose, caught up in the swirl of giving two longish talks in two days, a couple of online course segments, some Brandon Hall talks, online videos to watch, and of course the ongoing saga in Washington. Interesting parallels there and here - and it is interesting to listen to the language that recognizes complexity and multiple perspectives - George Siemens, on TVO, below, and Barak - and, on the other hand, those who deal in talking points, quick fixes and partisanship. Not to be too pointed about it. Richard Nantel, Brandon Hall Researcher, September 25, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

PLEs - a Social and Political Issue
As I was giving a presentation on personal learning environments, Scott Wilson was giving a presentation on... personal learning environments. Graham Attwell: "As I write this Scott Wilson who presented at the seminar has just twittered 'scottbw PLE - Its quite tricky keeping the social and technical interventions both in focus at the same time.'" Scott Wilson / Graham Attwell, Pontydusgu, September 25, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Second Life Unconference at Jokaydia
I don't advertise conferences (so please don't ask) but I feel readers would want to know about this event taking place in Jokaydia, in Second Life. Judy O'Connell, Hey Jude, September 25, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Laws of Identity - the Short Version
Kim Cameron has a rich analysis of identity. This post provides the short and concise version that speaks to the intuitive force of Cameron's ideas. "We need choice in terms of who provides our identity information in different contexts. The system must be built so we can understand how it works, make rational decisions and protect ourselves." Andy Powell, eFoundations, September 25, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Perspectives On Education: The 2050 Will Be Neural and Networked
TonNet embeds this video featuring Paul Nussbaum, Eric Grant, Marc Prensky and George Siemens as they meet up "to talk about the synapses, social networks and school: what developments in brain research and computer technology tell us about the classrooms of the future. They are hard on the language of learning." From TVO. George Siemens reacts, "The discussion didn't focus as much on the future as I would have hoped. I also discovered that I'm too long-winded to present ideas in 15 second sound bites!" Paul Nussbaum, Eric Grant, Marc Prensky and George Siemens, education & tech, September 25, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , , , ] [Comment]

IMS Summit On Interoperability Now and Next
Interesting remark from David Davies: "I have to say I was disappointed by the learning design session. Five years after the learning design spec was finalised it's still a complex business using the spec and current tools to define and implement a simple interaction. I keep feeling that IMS LD was a solution looking for a problem and haven't yet seen anything that solves any problems I have in learning & teaching." I agree. Which is why I think his approach - feed fed learning resources - presented to the IMS conference on interoperability last week - is probably a better model. David Davies, Weblog, September 25, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , , ] [Comment]

Who's Your EDUPUNK Daddy Now?

Sorry about the headline of this post, which is rude (I've edited it here). But I don't want to pass up on the 'edupunk' clipping from Wired. Though not without some chagrin - all the things all of us have done over the years, and this is the thing - the only thing - that Wired finds notable. Jim Groom, bavatuesdays, September 25, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

When Professors Print Their Own Diplomas, Who Needs Universities?
This article is about the hand-made diplomas David Wiley gave out to participants in the open version of his online course last year. Naturally, someone says he should have asked permission. Naturally, the answer would have been "no". Jeffrey R. Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 25, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

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