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By Stephen Downes
March 20, 2003

Major SCORM Stakeholders Unify Message A sooper-dooper information site created by the IEEE Learning Technologies Task Force will answer all the questions you may have about SCORM. But as CETIS writer Wilbert Kraan asks, "if this advisory group will turn out to set the agenda in all the constituent acronyms, will the concerns of groups other than defense and training be heard?" Kraan answers with a blithe "yes" but I am more sceptical. By Wilbert Kraan, cetis, March 18, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Will We Catch This Wave? Some of my comments about weblogs and knowledge management posted here a few days ago met with resistance in the weblogging community. This post captures some of the responses, including Ross Mayfield's complaint that my reasoning is "misguided." But this author gets it right: "So far I'm not seeing the kind of evidence that weblogging (in whatever form you name it) offers a particularly unique solution to the KM problem generally. Those solutions are going to have to come from us, in how we apply what is, after all, just another technology. Otherwise I predict in 12-18 months time, articles about 'how weblogging has failed us.'" Quite right. How do I know this? I've been weblogging for the last five years. I've long since solved the input problem, the one Jim McGee talks about. But using this information is still a pain, despite a fair bit of thought and work around the problem of information retrieval from weblogs (what do you think my [Research] button is? Most weblog software hasn't even addressed the problem, much less solved it). By Matt Mower, Matt Mower's Knowledge Log, March 18, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Feedster Just by way of an update, the site called Roogle posted in this newsletter a few days ago has been renamed (with a new URL) Feedster. One of its more useful functions (for me) is its ability to scan for replies to my posts (like this) - the source for the link immediately above. By Various Authors, March, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Somewhere a Place to Learn I think that people have largely overlooked the learning center in their rush to talk about learning at the desktop or learning in the home. But it's an idea that still has a lot of merit because it combines the social environment and access to facilities of a dedicated center will allowing for the flexibility and choice offered by online learning. This article reviews the concept of a learning centre and touts their advantages. I think that librarians especially should be looking at this concept as the mere provision of information is not a sustainable model in the long term. By Clive Shepherd, Fastrak Consulting, March, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

New Report Reveals Secrets of Success of High-Performing Schools A report released in Florida states that the secret to successful schools consists of innovative, progressive principals and an emphasis on reading. "High-achieving schools are all led by principals who take risks, respect the professionalism of their staffs, develop leaders among teachers, and advocate strongly for staff and student needs." By Press Release, Council for Educational Change, March 14, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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