By Stephen Downes
June 1, 2005

E-Learning: A Kaleidoscope of Options
My talk to the Canadian Association of Police Educators in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. PowerPoint Slides and audio (MP3), part one and part two. Once again, I'm speaking in a large concrete room (funny how things like that come in clusters) so the sound quality is again iffy. By Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, May 18, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Introduction to social network methods
I mentioned social network theory in my talk today. This item, just linked by George Siemens, looks like a pretty comprehensive guide. I've only been able to skim it today, but what I've seen is impressive. By Robert A. Hanneman and Mark Riddle, May, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Web 2.0: Is it a Whole New Internet?
I mentioned Web 2.0 in my presentation today and kind of skimmed over exactly what that means. Fortunately, this presentation provides a nice overview of the concepts and ideas behind it. In a nutshell - the original web (Web 1.0) is a place you go to read things, while Web 2.0 is a place you go to interact. PowerPoint slides. Via Weblogg-Ed. Also, see interesting commentary on this from Ken Smith. By Jim Cuene, May 18, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Changing Channels
George Siemens passes along this article, noting that changes in media are reflected in changes in education. And when it comes to television, new technologies are changing the industry completely. While television executives worry about things like ad-skipping and program sharing, it may already be too late to save the iondustry. "Television is losing its audience to the Web, especially when it comes to things like breaking news." Meanwhile, we're getting to the point where you can watch TV or video on your cellphone. By Rana Foroohar, MSNBC, June 6, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

An Interview with Cisco's Tom Kelly and Nader Nanjiani
Kelly and Nanjiani are the authors of The Business Case for E-Learning and the interview reflects that topic. Some good comments. For example, "we shouldn't have to do ROI on things that make people smarter and better at their job, and more connected to their companies, their goals, and their missions." By Karl Kapp, eLearning Guru, May 31, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Web-Based Chat And RSS-Enabled Open Discussion Space: Conversate
The title pretty much says it all: Conversate is a new web-based discussion space with RSS and chat support. This article reviews the software and offers suggestions for improvement. By Luigi Canali De Rossi, Robin Good, May 31, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Interview with Sir John Daniel
A former vice Chancellor at the Open University and currently President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning, Sir John Daniel is always the source of interesting and sometimes controversial comments. Like this: "We are now at the stage where leadership in open and distance learning (ODL) is passing from the developed to the developing countries. India and China are at the front of the pack because of their large populations, rapid economic growth, and numerous sophisticated technical people." By Badrul Khan, Educational Technology, June 1, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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