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by Stephen Downes
April 3, 2009

Stephen Downes at UOW

I spoke in Wollongong yesterday, I'll upload when I have the bandwidth to do it (I actually have a 250 megabyte cap where I am today - unbelievable). This post is a bit of a summary. Photos are of me with John Larkin, Gary Molloy and Sui Fui John Mak. John Larkin, Waztershed, April 3, 2009 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Learning in Practice - a Social Perspective
Good short post on online community, summarizing a presentation by Etienne Wenger. Introductory. "Learning in practice - a social perspective, Wenger's Community of Practice (CoP) theory. Four aspects
1. Community - Where do we belong?
2. Identity - Who are we becoming?
3. Meaning - What is our experience?
4. Practice - What are we doing?"
See also this reference to Grainne Conole's Cloudworks site.
Graham Attwell, Pontydysgu, April 3, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Five Post-Web 2.0 Technologies: Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly - who popularized (and then tried to own) the term "web 2.0" - is now looking at what comes next. No, not "web 3.0". It's an odd list. Item 1 is "Google search on the iphone" - which is odd, because I used Google search on my Blackberry yesterday (Blackberry should launch an ad campaign: BLB. "Be Like Barak". From now on, I'll use that when talking about Blackbrry.) Other things include the 'CD database', the 'AMEE Smart Grid', the 'NASA/CISCO Planetary Skin' to monitor climate (just part of the general 'sensors' trend), and the 'IBM Smarter Planet'. I think the list is mostly a miss, and note that every item on the list is branded. The future will not be branded; if it's the "IBM this..." or the "NASA that..." then it's not a trend. Marshall Kirkpatrick, ReadWriteWeb, April 3, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Lecturing - Stupidest Profession?
I agree with recording lectures - this converts lecturing from something that is rather less effective to a nifty way of creating multimedia that can be reviewed again and again. I am not in favour of forcing people to record lectures - forcing people never works. And as someone who does lecture from time to time - it is not stupid - as someone said of me recently, "You think by speaking" - and it's quite true. For me, lecturing is a way of thinking. Listeners are the accidental beneficiaries. Donald Clark, Plan B, April 3, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

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