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by Stephen Downes
August 6, 2009

Critical Thinking
More from the (non-)series on critical thinking. "When learners have greater control, they also require greater command of critical thinking skills. Why? Well, if I'm taking a course under the direction of an instructor, I will hopefully be able to learn from the instructor modelling these skills." George Siemens, elearnspace, August 6, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

People Who Referred To This Book Were Taking This Course
This is usage metadata, or what I call 'Second Party Metadata', and is perhaps by itse;f worth more than all the metadata created by publishers combined. Of course, in Tony Hirst's hands, it gets complex... Tony Hirst, OUseful Info, August 6, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Help! The Interwebs are Broken!
I guess there was a distributed denial of service (DDOS) on Twitter and Facebook today. Lee Kraus wonders about those who react, "Twitter is only for lunch plans and the weather." Raj Boora, EDITing in the Dark, August 6, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

CC Network a truly inspirational approach
I'm ambivalent. Creative Commons does good stuff - and mainly, it allows people to distribute resources for free using the distasteful but necessary mechanism of a content license (my own preference would be to make open the default, such that licenses are necessary only for commercial content - but I digress). But I think that as it gets into the business of selling stuff, it becomes more and more like a business (which has been, I believe, Lessig's intent all along). And I am even more ambivalent about branded identities. The article makes it sound like a good thing. "Creative Commons is redistributing the brand equity and social capital their members have accrued over the last several years by letting people show and verify their affiliation to the organization." I don't think so. Mike Linksvayer, Creative Commons Blog, August 6, 2009 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

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