By Stephen Downes
February 6, 2004

OLDaily Archives
For those of you who have been frustrated by my archives page, I have a new link at the bottom of every newsletter you can follow. It only goes back to May, 2001, though, while the link database itself (accessible through search) goes back to August, 1998. OLWeekly, which is a conjoining of the five OLDaily editions, is not archived. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, February 6, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Just started a couple of weeks ago, Auricle chronicles the work of the eLearning@bath team. From the About page: "The e-learning team have been using a private collaborative Weblog (blog) for a couple of years as a mechanism for communicating interesting information or problems and resolutions amongst the team. This blog, however, is an experimental public blog which will offer short articles, reflections, observations, or references on what we've found interesting, useful, challenging, and sometimes frustrating in the e-learning world. You'll be able to comment on the articles. If our blog proves useful as a resource we will invest more of our time in sorting out the look and feel." Dig the nifty 'select your own' RSS feed dispenser in the right hand column. By Various Authors, eLearning@bath, January, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

John Stone Fitness
I'm not sure what to make of this site, but it's very inspiring and a testament to what a little determination and a blog can do. Having purchased an exercise bicycle just a week ago (those who have seen my photos can understand why) I feel a little like 'John Stone 2003'. No, I do not intend to use my blog as a personal fitness journal (you will no doubt be relieved to know). But what is really interesting is that writing OLDaily has been for me on a mental basis the same as John Stone's blog has been for him on a physical basis. This probably speaks more to adopting a regular (and positive) routine and sticking to it (hence my half hour morning 'cycle' nowadays) than to the power of blogs. But a bit more: putting yourself 'out there', though not for the timid, is probably one of the best motivators I can think of. Anyhow, this was for me a fascinating site, and even if I'm not about to start eating Glucosamine Complex/1.2g Chrondroitin Sulfate I still feel motivated just looking at it. Via Seb and Seb. By John Stone, January, 2003 ff [Refer][Research][Reflect]

E-Learning Grows In and Out of University
I think that this sort of item is a helpful reminder, to those who distinguish between traditional learning and online learning, that the use of technology within the university walls is making this distinction smaller daily. By Angela Harrison , BBC, February 6, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Open-Source Content Management Systems
Though the focus of the article is content management systems, it could be applied to any sort of software as the author provides an extended discussion of the benefits and disadvantages of open source. This is a good discussion and would be an excellent introductory paper if you are, say, weighing the merits of an upcoming software purchase. By James Robertson, Step Two Designs, February 6, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Campus on a Keyboard
This item made the rounds on DEOS today, mostly for this one bit: Mark Smith, director of government relations for the American Association of University Professors, is unconvinced. "In many ways, there is no substitute for the give-and-take of the classroom," he says. "A good higher education doesn't require only the transmission of facts, but the development of critical thinking skills." By Nicholas Slabbert and Mirlea Saks, Christian Science Monitor, February 3, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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