by Stephen Downes
March 25, 2010
An Interview With Reggie Smith III, President of the United States Distance Learning Association
The public policy changes that will make distance learning mainstream are just around the corner, says the president of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). What changes? Unfortunately, Reggie Smith III doesn't tell us in this interview, which makes the lede a bit misleading. So this post is a request to eLearn Magazine to maybe go back to Smith and get the interview we'd like to see, where we learn what public policy (besides big-ticket advertising) the USDLA is likely to pursue. Lisa Gualtieri, eLearn Magazine, March 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: United States, Online Learning, Marketing] [Comment] [Tweet]
A partial review of ‘The Hyperlinked Society'
I actually like books a lot, and find it an endless frustration that they are not online. It's not so much a cost thing - though it is, a bit, because i can't afford nearly what I want at bookstore prices - but it's also availability - our local Chapters has basically given up on its science and philosophy sections (giving us stuff like 'The God Gene' and 'The Tao of Pooh' as poor pop-sci substitutes) and it's the only bookstore in town. So I'll not see a potentially good read like The Hyperlinked Society for a long time, if ever. There's a lot of good stuff on the web (thank goodness) but it's really really hard to do proper work when key pieces are just missing from the scene. Doug Belshaw, Weblog, March 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]
Microformats and RDFa: Adding Richer Structure To Your HTML Pages
I have some stuff on this coming soon, so I've been reading microformating documents. A good example is this event microformatting. I don't think that microformats do everything I want, and I know iCal doesn't, but they have a role to play, and the latter, at least, is widely supported. More soon, Monday maybe. Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus, March 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: Resource Description Framework, Microformats] [Comment] [Tweet]
The state of corporate learning and development
Good post outlining major trends in corporate learning. "Knowledge is being democratised. There is now virtually no barrier - apart from your own time - to start publishing, whether its video, audio, text or even real books."
Mark Berthelemy, Mark Berthelemy's Connections, March 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: Audio, Online Learning, Books, Video] [Comment] [Tweet]
Publishers Put Pricey Premiums on iPad Content
Well now we can quantify just how much more a closed platform costs consumers. The Wall Street Journal's closed platform edition - specifically, the one being sent to the iPad - will cost $18 a month. This is more than the print version costs, and significantly more than you pay on the open web. And "Time, People, Men's Health and Esquire will be offering subscriptions on the iPad at or close to the cover price of a print issue, the Journal reported." Richard Adhikari, E-Commerce Times, March 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: Subscription Services] [Comment] [Tweet]
Eyes On: The First 3D NHL Hockey Broadcast in the U.S.
Come to think of it, I would pay money to have a quality large-screen 3D hockey experience. I wouldn't pay an NHL seat price, but I would pay the equivalent of a movie ticket. It would be be a great way to increase audiences for sports, preserve the value of theatres and communal viewing generally. I'm sure there's a market for this. Dan Evans, GearLog, March 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: Experience, Quality] [Comment] [Tweet]
Recordings from the "Content Architecture: Exploiting and Managing Diverse Resources" conference are now available. Highlights include keynote Clifford Lynch on "e-Research and new challenges in knowledge structuring" and Tom Scott and Michael Smethurst on "Building coherence at bbc.co.uk". PowerPoints and papers from a number of the presentations are also available. Various Authors, ISKO, March 25, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]
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