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By Stephen Downes
July 12, 2002

Deep Linking Lunacy Coverage and commentary of a Danish court's recent decision declaring that deep linking is illegal. The message of the piece is that the Danish ruling will not stand, and I have to concur. Many links (heh) to other coverage. By Chris Sherman, Search Engine Watch, July 9, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Arctic Mission This production by the National Film Board of Canada will allow students to become 'virtual crew' of an Arctic exploration vessel as it traverses the North-West passage. Beginning a series of educational activities, 'Arctic Mission in the Classroom' and 'Live from the Sea' will be available on the Website starting in September 2002. These programs will allow you to follow the expedition's progress and contact expidition members directly. By Various Authors, National Film Board of Canada, July, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Conceptual Links Trump Hyperlinks Like other studies of this sort, this review of the surfing habits of 40 people should not be thought as statistically significant, but it raises some interesting design possibilities. According to the authors, the people surveyed do not employ a spatial metaphor when describing the contents of a web site: they relate pages according to their conceptual content. "The work reinforces an idea that every information architecture should pay heed to: the site's connectivity should match the way its information is interrelated." Now online courses (I might add) are organized chronologically, from lesson 1 to lesson 10 (or whatever). But do online learners remember the course this way? Is this the best way to have them remember the course? Does chronological course design interfere with their understanding of the relation between course concepts? Interesting questions (if you study this, try to survey more than 40 people). By Kimberly Patch, Technology Research News, July 10, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Sloan-C View The Sloan Consortium has launched a new online publication, Sloan-C View, covering topics in the field of online learning. This first issue features a cover story titled "Intellectual Property in Online Learning" that proposes that "it makes sense to accord faculty rights in proportion to the additional work that produces online learning." What follows is a fairly good discussion of copyright in academia with references to (U.S.) case law and examples of institutional policies. Navigation in this newsletter is a bit tricky: treat it as though it were a document with pages rather than a web site (that said, kudos to Sloan-C View for showing how to create a nice HTML version of a PDF document). By Various Authors, Sloan-C View, June, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Science of Education Can there be a science of education? I argue that it is possible, in principle, but that various factors prevent the evolution of what is now an art into a more rigorous discipline. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, July 10, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

VNET5 VNET5 is a European organization that supports user centered product creation. You have to sign in, but once you do you will have access to a wide range of resources that will help you with product vision, validation planning, user requirements, iterative design and evaluation, and user acceptance. Participation is free. By Various Authors, December 31, 200-31 8:33 p.m. [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Game Studies The first issue of Game Studies launches, an online journal dedicated to the study of computer games. There is a strong connection between gaming and education, a connection suggested by several of the articles in this issue looking at the development of story lines in online games. Though I don't quite think I could agree that "grandmothers are cooler than trolls." By Various Authors, Game Studies, July, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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