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by Stephen Downes
January 21, 2009


A brisk and chilly day today. And a short newsletter because I'm up to my ears in a weekend project that grew. I'll post a link tomorrow or Friday. And in another project just getting launched at NRC. Big announcement tomorrow. And in a current project that has me attending meetings and writing papers and going to the
IMS meetings on Common Cartridge in Long Beach next month. Stephen Downes, Flickr, January 21, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Review: OER From MIT and Carnegie Mellon'S OLI
More content coming from participants in David Wiley's course on open educational resources (OERs). This post reviews two major OER projects, MIT's OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) courses, and CarnegieMellon's Open Learning Initiative (OLI). "MIT OCW are like Polaroid snapshots of authentic MIT courses, scanned in and uploaded to bear the MIT brand; Carnegie Mellon OLI are more akin to digital photos, planned, staged, shot, enhanced, and sequenced for online learning, and specifically created to define the OLI project (not the other way around)." Jared Stein, Flexknowlogy, January 21, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment]

OpenIDs, Researchers and Delegation
Andy Powell cites Cameron Neylon as posing a question many of us have asked over the years, "ow then is it that we have no way of citing a person? We need a single, unique way, of identifying researchers." But does it follow that we need a specialist OpenID service to provide unique researcher IDs? No. Researchers aren't somehow special - we need a system for identifying researchers, and any OpenID will do for that, not some some specially (self-)appointed registry of researchers. Andy Powell, eFoundations, January 21, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Twitter Limits Potential App Growth - How This Hurts Our Users
What was that I said? Oh yeah. "The platform remains popular for a while, but as it declines (as it inevitably does) it takes the entire set of platform-specific applications with it." Of course, some applications - like the application that automatically requests to follow people who follow Guy Kawasaki - deserve to go down. Via Mashable. Unattributed, The SocialToo Blog, January 21, 2009 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

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