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by Stephen Downes
July 7, 2009

Communities and Networks
Presentation on the concept of the community of practice, tracing how it evolved from its original form resembling groups and featuring shared objectives and meanings, to one resembling networks, being composed more of interactions and conversations. Some technical difficulties (edited out of the video) truncated the presentation, unfortunately. Presentation by Stephen Downes, VII seminari especialitzat en gestia del coneixement, Barcelona, online via Sclipo, [Link]

gRSShopper: Creating the Personal Web
Using slides created for an Innovation Forum presentation, this internal presentation amounted to an in-depth look at gRSShopper from the perspective as a prototype for the Personal Learning Environment. The video of the 1 hour 20 minute presentation is available and features not only slides but also screen capture of various features of gRSShopper being demonstrated. Presentation by Stephen Downes, Internal: Presentation to PLE group, Moncton, [Link]

TechCrunch's Arrington to Launch a Touch Screen Tablet Device

I'll believe it when I see it. But that said, something like this inevitably will be produced by someone at some point. Richard Nantel, Workplace Learning Today, July 7, 2009 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

The Old Solutions Have Become the New Problems
Wel, it's about time. Writes one Harvard Business School professor Shoshana Zuboff, ""I have come to believe that much of what my colleagues and I taught has caused real suffering, suppressed wealth creation, destabilized the world economy, and accelerated the demise of the 20th century capitalism in which the U.S. played the leading role." Nothing I haven't said here. And more, "We weren't stupid and we weren't evil. Nevertheless we managed to produce a generation of managers and business professionals that is deeply mistrusted and despised by a majority of people in our society and around the world. This is a terrible failure." Yes it is. So what should be done about it? Probably more than what is outlined here, because it has to be about more than simply earning sales. Via Richard Nantel. Shoshana Zuboff, Business Week, July 7, 2009 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Herdsa 2009 - workshop on assessments with David Boud
Selena ?? (no last name - Selena, put your name on your blog) is summarizing sessions from the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) conference, beginning with this post (use the 'new post' link to step through the posts). Selena, learning elearning, July 7, 2009 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

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