By Stephen Downes
August 11, 2005

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
The June issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology was made available August 1 (hey you guys, how about an RSS feed?) and I browsed through a few of the articles. Manjula D. Sharma, et.al., contribute a well-written but dull piece on using handheld keypads in classrooms (right on the edge, eh?). Elizabeth Murphy and Jamie Loveless offer an interesting self-analysis of the usefulness of their contributions to a discussion forum (I've always been afraid to do the same with mine). Terry Anderson, David Annand and Norine Wark offer a useful model of interaction in self-paced classes and suggest "design of collaborative activities could involve members of the student's own virtual or place-bound communities." By Various Authors, August 10, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Implications of project, service and institutional deployment of Creative Commons licences in the United Kingdom
Stuart Yeates makes available this draft report on the use of Creative Commons in learning. PDF. His conclusions: "There is no reason to suggest that CC could not be used by public sector organisations in the UK. Not all the outputs from public sector organisations could be made available under CC. The use of CC would require significant changes to current organisational practice." More information and slides are available on the Intrallect website. By Edward Barker and Charles Duncan, August, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

iterating toward openness
David Wiley has moved his blog to the opencontent.org domain. Sadly, the comments don't seem to have moved with the blog (any hope there, David?) and so you'll have to visit his old blog one more time to see my repsonse to his latest post. By David Wiley, iterating toward openness, August11, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

MSN Blogs Against it's Customers
Microsoft has launched a new service, MSN Filter, which is your one-stop shop for the inside scoop on what's happening across the Web, according to the people who know the most ... you! our team of bloggers will filter the best stories, photographs, links and other interesting tidbits that you've sent in, as well as items that they've dug up." Nobody knows who the bloggers are - the posts are not credited - and in order to comment you have to use Passport. Try again, Microsoft. By Ross Mayfield, Ross Mayfield's Weblog, August 11, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Connectivism: Learning as Network-Creation
George Siemens offers another contribution to his copntinuing definition of connectivism. The article describes some basic properties of networks and then the process of forming connections. "Can learning be both an influence and be influenced in the network forming process?" He then looks at the creation of meaning in a network, from the perspective of latent semantic analysis. "Meaning is transferred in a rich, but messy process incorporating the content, the context of learner and resource creator, as well as the cognitions and emotions of the learner at the time of knowledge acquisition." By George Siemens, elearnspace, August 10, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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