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by Stephen Downes
April 13, 2010

Can You Learn from a Recording?
If you can learn from recordings, why offer live webinars at all? Why not just go straight to recordings? Ellen Behrens offers a few reasons. "Sometimes the power of a live Webinar comes from the impact it can have on a group," she writes. "Sometimes a presenter's expertise draws an individual to register." In other words, by staging a live event, you sometimes get better recordings. Ellen Behrens, aLearning Blog, April 13, 2010 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment] [Tweet]

Repositories and the Open Web
"I don't think it's worth developing social features for repositories when there is already an abundance of social software available." So says Joss Winn, and it's hard to disagree. "It's a waste of time and effort and the repository scene will never be able to trump the features that the social web scene offers and that people increasingly expect to use." Joss Winn, ../learninglab/joss, April 13, 2010 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment] [Tweet]

The World Factbook 2010 – iPhone App of the Week
OK, so the entire CIA Factbook is already online, right? Free and open, no charge. So now there's an iPhone app. It costs about a dollar. So how is this value for money? James Clay says, "the information is 'available online for free' and that's the crunch, you have to be online to be able to access that free information, which means it isn't free!" Well, if I'm just using my regular connection, I using about one cent worth of my connectivity to access the information. Or I could just download the Factbook. James Clay, e-Learning Stuff, April 13, 2010 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment] [Tweet]

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