By Stephen Downes
December 4, 2003

Collaboration & The Problem With E-mail
George Siemens summarizes this nicely: "I've used Groove, Drupal, Sharepoint, Convea, and other collaborative spaces in an effort to create a place to brainstorm ideas and share information. Most often, these tools (while great in theory) don't get results like a simple email will. For some reason, only a small percentage of people will embrace these tools...and even then, involvement in the collaborative space is usually sporadic. The article presents the notion that the problem with these collaborative tools is that a change in habits is required in order for users to experience their potential. Email we're used to...collaborative tools we're not." By Robert Hamilton and Ben Bradley, Darwin, December 3, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Blackboard Looks Likely To Go Public
Citing a "teady stream of investment bankers" going through Blackboard's 18th and L Street offices, this article speculates that Blackboard is about to launch an IPO. The time is right for the company, especially after landing a contract with the Department of Defense last week. Record revenues haven't hurt either. I still think an acquisition is more likely than an IPO (I see McGraw-Hill or Microsoft as prime candidates) but either way it seems that changes are afoot. By Shannon Henr, Washington Post, December 4, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Not-so-Modest Proposals: What Do We Want Our System of Scholarly Communication to Look Like in 2010?
The quality of the writing in this article isn't everything it could be, but the substance is worth a read as it outlines a desirable process of academic communication in the next decade. Readers of OLDaily will be familiar with the combination: digital content, open access, metadata and syndicated content, where the costs paid by universities and their supporters are for producing and storing digital content, rather than for subscribing to expensive journals. By John Unsworth, CIC Summit on Scholarly Communication, December 2, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Look What's New on ADLNet.org!
Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), the organization behind SCORM, has created a pair of RSS feeds to advertise their news and events. Good stuff. The feed has been added, of course, to the list of Edu_RSS contributing feeds. By Unknown, Advanced Distributed Learning, December 1, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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