November 13, 2006


Darren Kuropatwa[Edit][Delete]: Networks are Groups, A Difference [Edit][Delete] November 13, 2006
[link: 4 Hits] Darren Kuropatwa argue that there is no distinction between networks and groups. "The edublogging community is a group of people with a common profession that have certain attitudes and interests in common," he writes. "Ultimately, we are all interested in the same thing: improving the education of the children in our lives." That common interest would make it a group, were it the case. But it is not a common interest (many of the people I have worked with are adult educators, others are primarily technologists, and many are interested in 'learning' but not 'education'). That sort of proclamation of 'a common interest' is just the sort of thing I have been trying to guard people against. Graham Wegner responds nicely (see the comments): "I think that groups are broadly defined by a commonality of purpose but I would suggest that a new take on the concept of network is one where you link into what you can learn from or contribute to." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Mary Meeker[Edit][Delete]: The State of the Internet, Part 3, Web 2.0 Conference [Edit][Delete] November 13, 2006
[link: Hits] If there was any doubt that this has been the year of video, this presentation my Morgan-Stanley's Mary Meeker removes any doubt. But as you see by the end of the presentation, it is community, user-generated content (UGC) and personalization that will be key to the future of the web as peer-to-peer video exchanges chew up bandwidth without otherwise generating any revenues. Image-heavy PDF, which means your computer will slow to a crawl if you are using Adobe Reader (mine actually crashed; need to get that Ubuntu going at home). Via Joachim Niemeier. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Mike[Edit][Delete]: An Idea Only A Lawyer Could Love, Techdirt [Edit][Delete] November 13, 2006
[link: Hits] You are a university and one of your top fans has decided to commemorate your teams' achievements in paintings. What do you do? Thank him? Pay him? Well, no, in today's ridiculous environment, there's only one choice. You sue him. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

John Markoff[Edit][Delete]: Entrepreneurs See a Web Guided by Common Sense, New York Times [Edit][Delete] November 13, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] It was inevitable that there would be an attempt to define Web 3.0 and I guess in retrospect it is only mildly surprising that the redefinition comes from the business community and is a rehash of the orchestrated services promised in internet bubble versions of the Semantic Web. The latest is in this New York Times article (which in a very Web 1.0 manner will disappear from circulation in a few days). But here's the same story, more or less, from Zeldman last January. Here's a ZDNet article citing Tim Berners-Lee, no less, from last November, saying the same thing. Or here. Or here. Or here. Really, what we are getting is no advance over current thinking. Don't buy into it - yes, there will be a 'next generation' web, probably in about five years (which means we'll see early traces in two or three years). It probably won't be called 'Web 3.0'. At best, as Ross Mayfield says, Web 3.0 will be known as a market disaster. And it will be a struggle to understand. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Arthur Sale[Edit][Delete]: The Patchwork Mandate, School of Computing, Australia [Edit][Delete] November 13, 2006
[link: Hits] I still find this the most amazing this: "In the absence of mandates, every encouragement policy known to Man fails to convince more than 15% to 20% of researchers to invest the 5 minutes of time needed to deposit their publications." Hence the author's recommendation that, in the absence of an institutional mandate, advocates should seek departmental mandates - the 'patchwork' mandate. Reasonable enough. But still, I do confess, I don't understand the professorial reluctance to post publications online, not because they are opposed (they are not, in the main), but simply because they cannot be bothered. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Martin LaMonica[Edit][Delete]: Sun Picks GPL License for Java Code, Zdnet [Edit][Delete]ZDNet [Edit][Delete] November 13, 2006
[link: Hits] Sun has finally agreed to license Java under GPL, the open source license used by Linux. This doesn't change my views about Java, which I still think is ridiculously over-engineered. But it means that maybe some decent Java applications will be written. That would be nice; the we could see what Java can really do. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Elizabeth Redden[Edit][Delete]: The Engaged E-Learner, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] November 13, 2006
[link: Hits] This year's the Community College Survey of Student Engagement shows that "e-learners report higher levels of engagement, satisfaction and academic challenge than their on-campus peers." According to the author, these results are prompting calls for individual institutions to release their data. For those people who insist on publishing surveys of 30 students, not that this study is "is based on data from 260,000 randomly-selected first-year and senior students at 523 four-year institutions." This is an empirical study. Not perfect. But so much better than the 30 student study. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Thomas Pfeffer[Edit][Delete]: Content Management and Blended Learning: Beyond the Boarders of the Classroom, Zeitschrift fur Hochschulentwicklung [Edit][Delete] November 13, 2006
[link: Hits] The translation of this paper is sometimes rough, but it makes some useful distinctions between types of communication (personal (or, interaction), organisational, and community) and types of publication (course, organisation and society). A lot of familiar stuff (learning object metaphors, for example) in familiar settings (blended learning). The representation of learning objects as 'literature' is new, but in my view of limited value. PDF. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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