By Stephen Downes
April 29, 2005

Turning fantasy into a reality that helps others
Coverage in a Taipei newspaper of Luc Chu's Opensource Opencourse Prototype System (OOPS), which is translating MIT's OpenCourseware into Chinese. Thus far the team has translated 25 of MIT's courses into Chinese with another 150 partially done. By Gavin Phipps, Taipei Times, March 6, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Defining an E-Learning Strategy
Good strategy: "Your first step is not to select an LMS and the technology for creating your courses. Before you even think about technology, get a good grasp of your corporate business goals. Define the vision, business and operational strategy for the learning group. Then, making use of whatever tools you may have, define learning objectives by curriculum and individual learning experience." This article has more, but it's based around the idea that you decide first what you want to do, and then only second identify technology that fills the gaps. Via elearnspace. By Godfrey Parkin, Parkin's Lot, April 19, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Horseless Carriage...
"It's all got to be about the individual. And my preferred way of expressing that is that a weblog is a representation of a person." This is my view as well, which is why I begin to get my hackles up when people start talking about corporate blogs, or assigned blogs, or edited blogs. Because if you take seriously the idea that a weblog is "a whole prosthetic version of yourself" then each of these is some sort of external entity substituting their identity for yours in your space. And that troubles me, for if there is one this that should be irreducibly ours, it is our identity. Isn't it? Via Alan Levine. By Tom Coates, PlastigBag, April 28, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Mad about Moodle? Then this new Moodle blog may be the place for you. The author, Josie Fraser, has been keeping another blog, EdTechUK for some time. The author is "currently managing a project which will see the Moodle platform supporting learning and facilitating communities across five Leicestershire Colleges." By Josie Fraser, April 28, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

RSS Feeds
Introductory article describing RSS for readers of a national business magazine. The article is essentially composed of clippings from various other articles I have authored on the subject and was assembled Pletsch Prose (my thanks to them for that). By Stephen Downes, IT Business, Apriul 27, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Ida Takes Tea
Another new ed tech blog, Ida Takes Tea, which launched last week, is written by Catherine Howell, who works for CARET, the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies, at the University of Cambridge, UK. By Catherine Howell, April, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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