by Stephen Downes
Feb 23, 2016
She writes, "The original formulation even posited that there is something biologically different about the brains of these so-called digital natives, because of their early and frequent interaction with particular types of technology. It's not true and anybody who connects with students and members of academic staff in any kind of practical way knows that people who engage with technology are not motivated by their age category."
This article discusses the Brussels Declaration on Trade and the Internet by Creative Commons and a coalition of organizations. It follows the recent signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which will have an impact on content sharing in general and educ ation in particular. "The TPP is an example of a trade agreement that has been negotiated in secret with input only from government and corporate interests," writes the author. "There has been no meaningful participation from civil society organizations and public interest advocates who work to protect consumer and digital rights." According to the Declaration, "The procedural deficits that define modern trade agreement negotiations have resulted in instrumentsthat are unduly deferential to the interests of a narrow class of established industry stakeholders, and fail to address the needs of broader affected communities. This stands in stark contrast to the more open Internet governance process norms."
Inge de Waard has posted text and a video about her experiences as a community of practice (CoP) host. She writes, "As my own expertise changes, so does the body of knowledge and expertise that is out there (just look at the boom of mobile apps, where I used to be on top of it somewhat being part of those building the first iphone Moodle app, only 6 years ago). The same with exploring mobile options in MOOCs, while by now all major platforms are mobile oriented."
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