By Stephen Downes
September 27, 2004

Blogs, Learning Objects, and Other Cool Stuff
As promised, today's OLDaily comes to you live from Uluru - see here for a picture - and I lead it off with slides used for my talk at Alice Springs (and broadcast to nine other learning centers throughout the Australian Outback) this morning. I know it's a bit early for the Monday OLDaily but there's no reason to wait - no guarantees on when Tuesday's will be, though, as I am back in Alice Springs for a chat tomorrow, then off to Adelaide tomorrow evening for meetings Wednesday. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, September 27, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Down with Boring E-Learning!
Well. "E-learning is often boring for the same reasons much traditional instruction is boring. It focuses on content presentation rather than the learning experience. In fact, I find that 99 percent of it all follows the 'tell-and-test' paradigm: convey a block of content through lecture, books, screens, movies, bullet slides, and so forth. Then, give a quiz." Interview with 'e-learning guru' Michael W. Allen. By Ryann Ellis, Learning Circuits, September, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

If You Build It (And Email It), They Still Will Not Come
I'll let you read the rest of Alan Levine's short item on your own, but I want to highlight this: "It takes much more than technology to build online communities." By Alan Levine, CogDogBlog, September 26, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

E-Learning Frameworks and Tools: Is it too late? - The Director's Cut
I missed this item when I was toodling around over the Pacific, but you shouldn't. This is a first-rate paper looking at plans for JISC, the state of e-learning technology, and the impending roll-out of web services. It's written strictly within a British context, but it would be well worth reading by anyone in the field. This item was pointed to in another item at Auricle referring to my current Australian tour. By Derek Morrison, Auricle, September 15, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

NET*Working 2004 Program Now Online!
As the headline suggests, the Net*Working program is now online... you'll have to do some hopping around to find all the events, there's a lot there (a single plain-text page with everything would be very useful, but I couldn't find a link anywhere). I thought I was doing something on the 8th but apparently not. But my Net*Daily newsletter is on the agenda, though, so participants can revel in my daily rants, Net*Working style. By Various Authors, Net*Working 2004, September 27, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Connectivity and Learning in Canadian Schools
I have utterly no hope of downloading this with my current state of connectivity (at least, not while Derek Morrison's paper downloads, my slides upload, my email is loaded, and my chat window is running). But here's the outline: "StatsCan has released another report in the Connectivity series that details the key indicators for Internet connectivity in Canada." By Alec Couros, September 26, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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