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February 16, 2011

Less Talked-About -- but VERY Compelling -- Benefits of SaaS
Josh Bersin, Bersin & Associates Analyst Updates, February 16, 2011.

This stuff is all coming into the online learning market, especially as content providers disintermediate the relation between themselves, students and their employers. Providing training and development support via software as a service (SaaS) has a host of advantages for the provider:
- end-user interactions with the system can be readily monitored
- customers can leverage the client community as a true asset
- project sponsors and the project team can get ‘quick wins'

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Will the Next Revolution be Stroomed?
Tom Grasty, Idea Lab, February 16, 2011.

Interesting. Stroom: "Upload videos, share clips, then mix it up and mash it out. Thousands of clips, hundreds of collaborators, unlimited possibilities." Of course, we can already do that now, but as Dean Shareski's birthday present for Alec Couros demonstrates, it can get pretty complex. But imagine your friends doing this for you...

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Steven Pinker: How Innuendo Makes Things Work
Dan Coleman, Open Culture, February 16, 2011.

Dan Coleman writes, "RSA has rolled out its latest animated video, and it's a good one. This time we have Steven Pinker, the famed Harvard linguist and cognitive scientist, trying to make sense of innuendo. Why do we often say things in veiled terms, especially when everyone knows what's really being said? Pinker breaks it all down, and explains how language provides the grease that lubricates everyday social relationships."

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Open courseware on every campus by 2016?
Dennis Carter, eCampus News, February 16, 2011.

So, what about this? "Gary Matkin, dean of distance education and continuing learning at UC Irvine-which has one of the country's premiere open courseware sites-predicted that open courseware would become standard at small community colleges and research universities alike." Sure, why not? The only thing that could stop it is incessant publisher lobbying...

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