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by Stephen Downes
June 4, 2008

Light, Agile and Flexible: Collaborating the Web 2.0 Way
Somewhat chaotic presentation (I used the conference backchannel chat again) in which I talk about collaboration with respect to web 2.0. Wendy Wickham provides a summary of the session. More from the same conference. Presentation by Stephen Downes, Innovations in e-Learning, Fairfax, VA, [Link]

Innovations in E-Learning

We had more tornado warnings today - they actually stopped the conference to send everyone into shelter. I took the opportunity to try to photograph lightning. Various Authors, Website, June 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Eduglu Singers Remix Machine
It was hard for me to test this with the sound off (I'm writing this newsletter in an auditorium) but it looks too cool to miss. Scott Leslie, edtechpost, June 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Using Learning Design As a Framework for Supporting the Design
The paper argues "that adopting a learning design methodology may provide a vehicle for enabling better design and reuse of Open Educational Resources (OERs)." I have my doubts, but would certainly recommend reading the argument. Grainne Conole and Martin Weller,, June 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

I Use the Enemy...
Martin Weller's response to Tony Hirst's video on edupunk is a scream. Yeah, I know, I know, enough with the edupunk. But it is - for now - still compelling. And people are still discovering it. See also: this edupunk widget (for me it was just a big pink square, but I guess Alan Levine saw something in it).. Brian Lamb, Abject Learning, June 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Wikipedia & Edupunk
Leaving aside the question of whether 'edupunk' deserves a Wikipedia entry: Dave Warlick notes, "The Wikipedia community works hard to earn respect among readers raised on authoritative, published print content." That, I think, is Wikipedia's mistake. It shouldn't bother. As Warlick says, "Yet, part of Wikipedia's value is its freshness, the fact that you can find the latest information there. And even if the term, Edupunk, does fizzle out in a few weeks or days, it might be of interest to someone, that for a few days during the approaching Summer of 2008, a group of educators were using a term so identified with rebellion and non-conformity to talk about the state of education." Right. Exactly. Dave Warlick, 2 cents worth, June 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

I cite Quine from time to time in my work. He is broadly influential on my thought, but I cite in particular (a) his ideas on the indeterminacy of translation, which shows (I think) that our understanding of meaning is tentative, and based in culture and practice, and (b) his concept of the 'web of belief', which is a semantical representation of the ideas others have had on networks. Reviewed by Guido Bonino, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, June 4, 2008 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

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