June 6, 2006


Jeffrey Ressner[Edit][Delete]: Long Tail's Tribe, Time Magazine [Edit][Delete] June 6, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] Welcome to my arcane, overlooked blog. Arcane, overlooked? Well, that's what Time Magazine derived from an interview and transcript of my talk in Vancouver early last year. Anyhow, tonight it's back to London, and then tomorrow a flight to Austria. With luck, I will be writing from Innsbruck tomorrow evening. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Terry Freedman[Edit][Delete]: Reflections on the Blog.ac.uk2006 Conference (Part 2), Information and Communication Technology in Education [Edit][Delete] June 6, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] Terry Freedman offers a longish (though gentle) criticism of my talk and others at blog.ac.uk. There is also a Part 1 to the commentary. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Graham Attwell[Edit][Delete]: Personal Learning Environments, Wales Wide Web [Edit][Delete] June 6, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] Graham Attwell, who is sitting about five feet from me at the CETIS personal learning nvironments (PLE) expert meeting, offers this comprehensive overview. Related: see Derek Morrison on PLEs. We also used this wiki page and diagrams by Scott Wilson. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Scott Leslie[Edit][Delete]: On Using DSpace as a LOR, Ed Tech Post [Edit][Delete] June 6, 2006
[link: 7 Hits] What is not said is more interesting than what is said. "It is one thing to evaluate DSpace against an abstract set of functionality that a LOR should have, (which is kind of what I did here) and quite another to say that it will solve the problems of finding, sharing, remixing and reusing learning content." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Harold Jarche[Edit][Delete]: The Relevance of the Learning Profession, jarche.com [Edit][Delete] June 6, 2006
[link: 11 Hits] Another way of saying pretty much what I'm saying. "As a learning professional, it's time to take a stance. Enabling learning is no longer about disseminating good content. Enabling learning is about being a learner yourself, sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm and then taking a back seat. In a flattened learning system there are no more experts, only fellow learners on paths that may cross." Also, see Mark Oehlert's characterization of Jarche's comment. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Sharon Begley[Edit][Delete]: Science Journals Artfully Try To Boost Their Rankings, Wall Street Journal [Edit][Delete] June 6, 2006
[link: Hits] Interesting item looking at the use (and abuse) of impact factors in academic journals (impact factors measure the importance of a journal through metrics such as citations and are used when making purchasing decisions). As Marc Meola notes, some practices are underhanded, such as "blatantly asking authors to cite more studies the journal has already published to limiting citations to outside journals." But also, as the article notes, "If you look at journals that have a high impact factor, they tend to be trendy... It's hard to get into them if you're ahead of the curve." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Jason Toal[Edit][Delete]: Google Reader Tutorial (Get Your Aggregator On), SocialLearning.ca [Edit][Delete] June 6, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Via Brian Lamb, "Jason Toal has put together a really fine screencast tutorial of Google Reader and posted it." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Johncn[Edit][Delete]: DART: Organizational Interface with Future VLE?, The Education Bazaar [Edit][Delete] June 6, 2006
[link: Hits] Interesting discussion of a system, the Data Analysis and Reporting Toolkit, which is not a personal learning environment (PLE), but which is based on similar concepts. "We are working on implmenting a four-pronged relationship between DART, our iCommunity LMS (Moodle), our wiki-based curiculum system (OpenContent), and a web-based 'Personalized Learning Environment' or 'PLE' (Elgg)." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Johncn[Edit][Delete]: Connectivism: Danger or Opportunity, The Education Bazaar [Edit][Delete] June 6, 2006
[link: Hits] Good discussion of George Siemens's recent Connectivism White Paper. "Where I'd like to see connectivism go is in the direction of personalized learning environments, or perhaps what Siemens calls 'learning ecologies'. However, I'd like to take that idea in the K-12 realm to be a PLE that would follow the student through school, and then beyond. I think we can take existing technologies that build social relationships and harness these for learning AND instruction." P.S. Johncn, put your name on your blog. [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Browse through the thousands of links in my knowledge base sorted according to topic category, author and publication.

Browse through the thousands of links in my knowledge base sorted according to topic category, author and publication.

Stephen Downes

About Me
Bio, photos, and assorted odds and ends.

You know, the ones that appear in refereed journals of Outstanding Rank.

Lectures, seminars, and keynotes in a wide variety of formats - everything from streaming video to rough notes.

All my articles, somewhere around 400 items dating from 1995.

Audio recordings of my talks recorded in MP3 format. A podcast feed is also available.

What I'm doing, where I'm doing it, and when.

Newly updated! A collection of my photographs. Suitable for downloading as desktop wallpaper.

Stephen's Web
Since 1995

About this Site
Why this site exists, what it does, and how it works.

OLDaily RSS Feed OLDaily
Edu_RSS RSS Feed Edu_RSS
FOAF (Friend of a Friend) FOAF
Podcast Link
OLDaily Audio


About the Author

Stephen Downes

Copyright � 2006 Stephen Downes
National Research Council Canada

Contact: stephen@downes.ca

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License


I want and visualize and aspire toward a system of society and learning where each person is able to rise to his or her fullest potential without social or financial encumberance, where they may express themselves fully and without reservation through art, writing, athletics, invention, or even through their avocations or lifestyle.

Where they are able to form networks of meaningful and rewarding relationships with their peers, with people who share the same interests or hobbies, the same political or religious affiliations - or different interests or affiliations, as the case may be.

This to me is a society where knowledge and learning are public goods, freely created and shared, not hoarded or withheld in order to extract wealth or influence.

This is what I aspire toward, this is what I work toward. - Stephen Downes


[2 Cents Worth]
[A Difference]
[A List Apart]
[A poke with a sharp stick]
[Abel Newsletter]
[Abject Learning]
[Academic Commons -]
[ADLNet.org Event RSS Feed]
[ADLNet.org General News RSS Feed]
[adult and community e-learning: uk [ace:uk]]
[adult literacy meets technology (AL-T)]
[Alan November Weblog]
[alt tags]
[Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth: The DDN Edition]
[Archer central]
[Around the Corner - MGuhlin.net]
[Australian Flexible Learning Framework Case Studies]
[Australian Flexible Learning Framework News Headlines]
[B.Mann Consulting - Technology Consulting in Vancouver]
[blog of proximal development]
[Blogging IT and EDucation]
[BoardBuzz: NSBA's Daily Weblog]
[Brad Jensen's Posts]
[Bud the Teacher]
[Canadian Journalist]
[Central Ranges LLEN News]
[CETIS: Standards in Education Technology]
[Chris Correa]
[Christopher D. Sessums : Weblog]
[Chronicle.com - Today's News]
[Civilities - media structures research]
[Clay Shirky's Essays]
[CNN.com - Education]
[Cognitive Daily]
[Cognitive Dissonance]
[Column Two]
[Connect Learning, with David Warlick]
[connect.educause.edu - Technology In Academia -- Connect @ EDUCAUSE]
[Connectivism Blog]
[considering education]
[considering education]
[Cool Cat Teacher Blog]
[Couros Blog]
[Creative Commons Blog]
[Curb Cut Design]
[D'Arcy Norman dot net - Just a lowly edtech geek, blogging from the University of Calgary]
[Dan Atkins on CLEAR]
[Dan Gillmor's blog]
[Daring Fireball]
[Dave Tosh : Weblog]
[Dave's Educational Blog]
[David Davies' Weblog]
[Distance-Educator.com's Daily News]
[DJ Alchemi]
[e-Clippings (a division of blogoehlert)]
[e-Learning Acupuncture]
[E-Learning Queen]
[E-Portfolios for Learning]
[Eamonn's Home]
[Ed-Tech Insider]
[EdBlogger Praxis]
[Edge Perspectives with John Hagel]
[editThisPage News]
[EdNA Home Page Headlines]
[EdTechTalk - Educational Technology That Talks - Educational Techology That Talks]
[EduBlog Insights]
[Education/Technology - Tim Lauer]
[Educational Technology]
[Educational Weblogs]
[EDUCAUSE RSS | Recent Recent Library Submissions Listings]
[EduResources Weblog--Higher Education Resources Online]
[eLearning Technology]
[elearning-reviews.org: new reviews]
[eSchool News Top Stories]
[Ferl Newsfeed]
[FLOSSE Posse]
[Fortnightly Mailing]
[Forum on Information Technology and Research Universities]
[foss4us blogs]
[Full Circle Online Interaction Blog]
[Golden Swamp]
[Graham Glass, etc.]
[Gurteen Knowledge-Log]
[Half an Hour]
[Harold Jarche]
[HeadspaceJ: Instructional Design and Technology Blog]
[Here at WCER]
[Higher Education Insight]
[How to Save the World]
[ICT in Education]
[Ideas and thoughts from an EdTech]
[IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee]
[incorporated subversion]
[incsub - online community projects and publications]
[Infocult: Information, Culture, Policy, Education]
[Informal Learning]
[Inside Higher Ed]
[International Education Webzine]
[Internet Time Blog]
[IT Forum]
[iterating toward openness]
[iterating toward openness]
[Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report]
[jg's ramblings]
[JISC e-Learning Focus]
[Joho the Blog]
[Joi Ito's Web]
[Jon's Radio]
[Just Learn News Review]
[Kairosnews - A Weblog for Discussing Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy]
[Keith's weblog]
[Lanny on Learning Technology]
[Latest Issue of SourceOECD Education & Skills]
[Lawrence Lessig]
[Learning - Educational Technologies :: Robin Good's Latest News]
[Learning in Hand]
[Lessig Blog]
[little train]
[Lost Remote]
[Marc's Voice]
[Mark Berthelemy's Connections]
[McGee's Musings]
[Meir Navon's Blog]
[Michael Geist Law RSS Feed]
[Michelle's Online Learning Freakout Party Zone]
[MicroContent Musings (RSS 2.0)]
[Mike Klonsky's Small Talk]
[Multiple Intelligences]
[National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research blogs]
[News Forum]
[Nouvelles de la Télé-université]
[Online Journalism Review]
[Online Learning Update]
[Online Rights Canada]
[Open Mind]
[Open Social Forum]
[OSS Watch Announcements]
[OSS Watch Reports]
[OSS Watch Summary]
[OUseful Info]
[Portals and KM]
[Powered by Mambo 4.5.2]
[Practical Theory]
[Random Walk in Learning]
[Reflective Ramblings About Teaching and Learning and Other Inconsequential things]
[Release1.0 - The Conversation Starts Here]
[Remote Access]
[Rick's Café Canadien]
[Rik Abel]
[Robert Paterson's Weblog]
[Ross Mayfield's Weblog]
[Sakai Project News]
[Sasan Salari's blog]
[Scott Sorley's Education Technology Guidebook]
[Scott Wilson's Workblog]
[Seb's Open Research]
[SEGA Tech]
[Simon Willison's Weblog]
[Smelly Knowledge - Exploring the depths of learning, identity, and community over technology.]
[Socrates Technological University]
[spokenwordmatters News]
[Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes ~ OLDaily RSS 2.0]
[Stievie's adventures in e-Learning]
[Student Self Directed Learning]
[Teach and Learn Online]
[Teach42 - Education and Technology, by Steve Dembo]
[Teachable Moment]
[Teaching and Developing Online.]
[Teaching Generation Z]
[The Business of Emotions]
[The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog]
[The Community Engine Blog]
[The Educational Mac]
[The Google Weblog]
[The Illuminated Dragon]
[The Intuitive Life Business Blog]
[The Learned Man!]
[The Learning Circuits Blog]
[The PLE Blog]
[The Shifted Librarian]
[The Wales-Wide Web]
[timbl's blog]
[TLN Teacher Voices]
[Trends in the Living Networks]
[Tuttle SVC]
[U.S. Department of Education]
[Virtual Canuck]
[VRoot.org -]
[WeblogsInEducation News]
[What is the (Next) Message?]
[wiley.ed.usu.edu - thinking]
[Will at Work Learning]
[Write Technology]