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by Stephen Downes
October 9, 2009

Personal Learning Environments & Personal Learning Networks
A symposium will be held from October 13th till October 16th 2009 on Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) and Personal Learning Networks (PLNs).

That's Next Week!

Speakers will include developers and researchers of PLEs. All events will be hosted in Elluminate and recorded for archives. A discussion forum will be hosted in Moodle for asynchronous interactions.

Learn more!

Sponsored by the University of Manitoba Learning Technologies Centre and The National Research Council of Canada PLE Project.

Construction of Personal Learning Environments is Messy
I thought this was an interesting perspective on PLEs. "The students accessed the agenda on the teacher's blog from their Symbaloo account and plowed right to work on their individual scientific inquiries. The adults in the room were mesmerized. I didn't let on, but I was also mesmerized and smiling inside with pride for the kids." Related: PLEs join us online. Wendy Drexler, Teach Web 2.0, October 9, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Perspective by HBO
This is interesting. It's a video cube, where we see the same story from four different points of view. The usability isn't everything it could be, but the concept is amazing. Via Bionic Teaching. Various Authors, HBO, October 9, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

CCK09: does Connectivism want to change the world?
"Do you think Connectivism or its researchers should actively take part in society?" I think this question is interesting in its own right. Ignatia compares two approaches to social science, Interpretative Social Science and Critical Social Science. In the former, "The purpose of social science is to understand social meaning in context." In the latter, "The purpose of social science is to reveal what is hidden to liberate and empower people." I wouldn't venture to say which of these - if either - is entailed by connectoivism, but speaking for myself, I have always seen myself to be active in society; it is a part of my nature, a part of the way I learn and grow and develop and create. So I find myself learning more toward the tenets of critical social science. Is it, somehow, not 'pure'? It's as pure as anything else. Inge de Waard, Ignatia, October 9, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

The Great Keynote Meltdown of 2009
"The presentation was what many of us would call a fairly egregious breach of professional protocol on its own. It really was that bad: slides with paragraphs of text, poorly presented video with dated music that was too loud, comparisons and examples that were out of date, and a general feeling like it was a presentation developed five years ago for an audience that clearly had no clue what he would be talking about." One reason for playing with backchannels is to anticipate and avoid meltdowns like this. because, if you don't, sooner or later the backchannel's going to get you. Via elearnspace. Michael Fienen, .eduGuru, October 9, 2009 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Submission to Public Consultation on Copyright Reform
Well, three cheers for the CRTC:
"The CRTC recommends that the Copyright Act should be changed to provide clearly defined exceptions, distinct from fair dealing, for consumers to:
* time-shift radio and television programs;
* format-shift copyright material they own from one device to another for private use; and,
* make copies of copyright material they own for private use."
Via Michael Geist Various Authors, CRTC, October 9, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

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