By Stephen Downes
July 7, 2005

Rambling Thoughts On Convergence, Communities & Passion
Good rant on the relationship between open access and community. "Openness, and open thinking especially, will win out, as long as we continue to see the strength, passion and advocacy of people supporting, developing, sharing, collaborating and making all of this happen. Content will be shared, rather than captured and controlled. As for 'Open Code + Open Content + Open Services = Community', let's not forget the human element." By Alec Couros, Couros Blog, July 7, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

ODRL Creative Commons Profile Specification
If you want to express Creative Commons (CC) licenses in ODRL, this document explains how. In order to do this, a set of CC-specific tags were added to ODRL. Note that "in the cases were the rights holder does wish to be more specific than the CC Reproduction right, then the expression should not include the CC Reproduction right but only the more specific ODRL Permissions and Constraints." I don't think this is really a happy result, as it indicates a discontinuity in expression that should not be there. By Renato Iannella, ODRL Initiative, July 6, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Australian Flexible Learning Blog and Site Web
Nifty link to a map of the Australian educational blogosphere, with links to individual blogs (some of which, ahem, have not been updated in quite a while). "It is hoped that the Cmap will continue to grow and develop as more knowledge sharers (i.e. you) edit and update the Cmap and weave themselves into the network using the CmapTools software." By Jo Murray, The Knowledge Tree, February, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Online Resources
Nice list of distance and online learning concepts, each with a definitive resource linked to it. By Richard Lyons, Faculty Development Associates, Undated [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Distance Education Theory
Short editorial written by Michael G. Moore, posted today by Mauri Collins on DEOS-L, on the nature of theory ("the summary and synthesis of what is known about a field") and the relative nature of transactional distance ("there are many different degrees of transactional distance"). Moore writes, "What determines the success of distance teaching is the extent to which the institution and the individual instructor are able to provide the appropriate opportunity for, and quality of, dialogue between teacher and learner, as well as appropriately structured learning materials." By Michael G. Moore, DEOS News, December, 1991 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Strategic e-Learning Implementation
The latest IFETS discussion paper is now online, this one an outline of why and how to coordinate e-learning. "Systems thinking demands that e-learning be seen in its overall context which is made up of various internal systems, each of which are potentially influence or are influenced by the use of e-learning tools." In this light, the authors offer a framework of understanding for e-learning interventions and relate this to core and custom pedagogies. By Mark Nichols and Bill Anderson, IFETS, July 7, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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