Stephen's Web

By Stephen Downes
June 28, 2002

Get Off the Web Fee based, subscription based, no deep linking, no ad blocking... let me clear about my poisition on this: if you aren't willing to share, you should keep your content to yourself and leave the web to those willing to use it as designed. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, June 28, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Origin of the Term "Spam" to Mean Net Abuse Authoritative historical record of the origin of spam, nicely written with references to original posts. I love documents like this: they are a people's history and so much more interesting than dry academic prose. By Brad Templeton, Undated [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Faculty Perceptions Regarding Issues of Civility in Online Instructional Communication Interesting article reporting the results of a survey of 39 articles regarding civility in online discourse (I wish this type of article would attempt to get a more meaningful sample). The primary finding appears to be that while online civility is widely thought to be a problem, it is practice not a problem, with most students avoiding flame wars and sticking to the issues. As I read this survey, what it says to me is that it seems that most problems concerning communication and civility online are found solely in the instructors' apprehensions and inexperience. By Mary I. Dereshiwsky, Eugene R. Moan and Athanase Gahungu, USDLA Journal, June, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

E-learn and Earn Short article that raises the question of whether companies can make money offering e-learning. The answer is that they can, but with stipulations. The author cites successful entities such as the University of Phoenix, DeVry and Strayer Education to show that it could happen. But there are enough failures to warrant caution. Online learning ventures are advised to keep it useful, keep it real and keep it simple. By James M. Pethokoukis, US News, June 24, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

2002 Workplace Training Report It's a sizable survey but sponsored by an e-learning company, so the results are inherently suspect. That said, about half the employers who responded to this web based survey said they use technology in training, while two thirds said they would like to. Only 7 percent reported using webcasting, 14 percent using videoconferencing. Meanwhile, almost half use online learning exclusively, while blended learning accounts for only 37 percent. This runs a bit counter to the trends being advocated by e-learning consultants, who have been placing much more emphasis on blended learning and webcasting. By Unknown, Knowledge Anywhere, June 21, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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