Stephen's Web

By Stephen Downes
August 21, 2002

Marco Torres on Empowering Students Through Multimedia This item is included mostly because of the great story it contains, recounted below. But it also fits into what seems to be today's theme: how people will create quality content for free, unless the law is rigged to stop them. Now the story: "Connie decided to do a documentary on this process... And she took this documentary and posted it on the web. And several people have found it... The women's human rights conference in Paris saw it and asked her permission to show it. Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, asked to show, if he can show the project to about 10,000 educators." Amount paid to the student to create this documentary? Nothing. Educational value and creativity: priceless. By Unknown, George Lucas Educational Foundation, August, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Study Shows no Demonstrable Link Between Choice of MLE and Educational Approach Hm. As CETIS summarizes, "A team of Dutch researchers investigated the relation between various educational approaches (e.g. traditional, guided learning, active learning and experience-based learning) and the design and use of different virtual learning environments (VLE). Conclusion: it's not really possible to map an educational approach to a specific type of VLE." By Wilbert Kraan, CETIS, August 20, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

DOJ to Swappers: Law's Not on Your Side Are you prepapred to go to jail because you prefer to listen to music on the internet and save it to your hard drive (instead of listening to it on the radio and saving it to a casette tape)? Welcome to the Information Age. By Declan McCullagh, CNet, August 20, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

CANARIE Inc. Announces its E-learning in a Team-based Healthcare Environment Competition For Canadian readers, CANARIE has just announced a competition for about $2 million dollars from its e-learning shared-cost funding initiative. By Press Release, CANARIE, August 16, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Five Choices: Or, Why I Won't Give Dave Pell Twelve Dollars Content didn't sell on the net, and it won't sell on the net, because the premises of the rejoinder are false: people sometimes don't deserve to be paid, even if they work hard, because the market doesn't work that way. And people will produce content, even if they don't get paid for the content. The online evidence for this is overwhelming, as two billion free web pages will attest. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, August 21, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

free_culture: Lawrence Lessig at OSCON 2002 At more than 8 megabytes, this Flash presentation may be too large for you to download. But If you can possibly view this, then do so. It is brilliant, not just for content, but also for presentation. This sort of presentation is what we could do, if only we put our minds to it. The content, moreoevr, is lucid, dynamic and convincing. It states in a way I never could why many of the new copyright protections that have followed the rise of new technologies are danergous and misguided. As Lessig says, and as I have tried to assert in various fora, it's not simply that the new rules are limiting fair use, they are limiting uses that were, until very recently, completely unregulated. Uses like loaning your book to your friend, selling your book at the used book store, reading it alout to your children. If you can't download the Flash, the text transcript is here By Lawrence Lessig, August 20, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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