By Stephen Downes
April 4, 2003

Eulogy for E-Learning
Jay Cross expands on his suggestion that e-learning is dead in this Macromedia Breeze file (view the presentation just to see the new application at work). By Jay cross, Internet Time, April, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

David Wiley, of Learning Objects fame, has launched a weblog. The content is quite good, as you might expect - I've linked to a couple of items below. Now the next step is to get Wiley to read other people's blogs... things move a little bit faster out here than in academia, and it's pretty easy to come up with and post a great idea three weeks after everyone else if you don't stay current. By David Wiley, Autounfocus, March, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

A Modest Manifesto
In Wiley's words, "It is high time for instructional technologists to get serious about extending free, high quality educational opportunities to everyone. Literally. This modest manifesto lays out a context, rationale, and initial roadmap from here to there." This is something we've talked about here for quite a while, and George Siemens and others have launched an open education initiative last week. And let me say, yet again, that this is exactly right. We should be looking forward to and planning for the day when educational materials are available for free to everyone. By David Wiley, Autounfocus, March 25, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Learning Objects: Difficulties and Opportunities
This nice paper outlining some of the problems related to learning objects as they are currently concieved by the mainstream. Many of the comments and criticisms will be familiar to OLDaily readers, including this one: "In recent years every major content creation industry has seen its core product line exploited and freely traded online... This fact of Internet life will prevent an educational object economy in which large amounts of commercial content are available for purchase and reuse from ever materializing." By David Wiley, Autounfocus, April 3, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Wooing ‘Screenagers’: Microsoft Bets Cliques Will Click With Teens
It sounds a lot like Groove, though according to this article the concept was developed through the study of teen behaviour on the internet. The first product from Microsoft's NetGen team, it will allow users to "create groups of up to 10 people, trade messages, listen to music from each other’s collections, and share photos. Each group has its own icon and allows users to create new groups that add—or drop—others at will." Whatever its source, it's a good idea, though users may find some of the restrictions limiting. I wouldn't have called it 'Cliques' though - that sounds too much like a guidance counsellor speaking. I would have called it 'Clans' and brought in Mel Gibson to promote it. And I would make the software free, but sell clothing and items emblazoned with Clan logos. Too cool. By Staff, eSchool News, April 3, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Students Accused of Piracy
No, these students were not accused of seizing a vessel by force. They are accused of sharing files without obtaining permission from copyright holders. There is (though you would never know it) a difference. At $150,000 per song, the recording industry is looking for billions from each of the four students against whom they have filed complaints. Yes, I know it sounds like a line from an Austin Powers script("... you will pay me one hundred billion dollars..."). And it would be as laughable, were these claims not filed in real courts. I mean, what student has a billion dollars? The sad irony? The recording industry may cause these students no end of grief, and in the process it may alienate even more potential music fans, but these prosecutions won't even slow the sharing of music online. By Dawn C. Chmielewski, San Jose Mercury News, April 4, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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