By Stephen Downes
June 23, 2005

Learning Object Discussion
So anyhow, George Siemens has been planning this for a while, so I'll let him describe it: "This afternoon, I facilitated and enjoyable learning object discussion (with Brian Lamb, Scott Leslie, Jody Baty, Alan Levine, Scott Wilson, and David Wiley). The presentations are available here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three" Now I had intended also to be there but I missed my bus today to hear the end of Romeo Dallaire's talk. Which made me wonder how George got out the links so quickly. The explanation, of course, is that the discussion was yesterday. Man, am I out of synch. I need a vacation. Happily, I am about to take a vacation, starting next Monday, a long vacation, my first real break in several years. Yes, there will still be a newsletter. But it's also a time for me to step back, to find some new directions, to think about what I want to do and how I want to do it. To look after myself. To rest. By George Siemens, elearnspace, June, um, 21 I guess [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Seven Challenges of e-learning Design (part one)
Interesting article that delivers exactly what it promises - seven challenges of e-learning design. By Graham Attwell, The Wales-Wide Web, June 22, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Real Work. Real Audience. Real Learning
Will Richardson gets an important point. "I love this story about Amy Gahran (whose Furl feed is worth following, btw) putting together a group of citizen journalists to cover a controversial housing development in her town. And immediately it makes me ask why we shouldn't be putting together groups of our students to do the same type of real life work." I see no reason why not either, and many good reasons to do exactly that. By Will Richardson, Weblogg-Ed, June 21, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Korea Brings Homegrown Open Source to Schools
10,000 locally made open source platforms are being rolled out in schools across South Korea. "The project, called the New Education Information System, is built on a Korean-developed version of Linux that already services 190 schools in the heart of capital city Seoul." The move is not a snub against Microsoft, say officials: it was done for security reasons, cost concerns, and local support. By Dan Ilett, CNet News.com, June 21, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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