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October 5, 2010

TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 2
From the talk: "It creates a crisis of authority. It provides a kind of feedback of what you are doing. The authority that used to be the privilege of curators is now open for comment, and this will modify the kind of content that is displayed. In Canada we define ourselves as a multicultural country, and that means we look at different cultural universes in a society, and now we ask, 'where is the consensus,' because there used to be a consensus." I'm not sure I agree with this. Harvested from Half an Hour Stephen Downes, October 5, 2010 [Link] [Comment] [Tweet]

TTI Vanguard Conference Notes - 1
The technology seems to create phenomena in the people who surround it, or live in it. The hypothesis is that there's something about the scale, reach and openness that unlocks new power and potential in human organizational forms. Harvested from Half an Hour. Stephen Downes, October 5, 2010 [Link] [Comment] [Tweet]

Uniqueness and Conformity
The nature of 'knowledge' itself is changing as society changes. So we should not interpret the phrase ‘knowledge society' from our comfortable definitions of knowledge. Harvested from Half an Hour. Stephen Downes, October 5, 2010 [Link] [Comment] [Tweet]

Four roles for social media in workplace learning
Clive Shepherd, Clive on Learning, October 5, 2010.

Good list, worth a look. This from the 'formal learning' segment, for example:
- the use of forums to discuss issues and share ideas
- the use of blogs as learning journals
- the use of wikis for group collaborative projects
- sharing research using podcasts and videos

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"How to build a Digital City" white paper
Marc Canter, Marc's Voice, October 5, 2010.

files/images/logo-3.jpg, size: 26133 bytes, type:  image/jpeg Marc Canter has released a digital cities white paper that has a lot in common with the models of personal learning environments we've been tossing about around here. "Another powerful aspect of a Digital City is empowering its Citizens to have an active voice in its decision making process on public policy, so that they can disrupt the current status quo of politics and how we elect our government officials. This is a system that sorely needs improvement and each set of local citizens get to decide how they want their government to be setup, run and improved."

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Open Educational Resources (OER) Website
Various Authors, UNESCO, October 5, 2010.

Passing this along directly from UNESCO: "
The UNESCO Communication and Information (CI) Sector has launched an Open Educational Resources (OER) website at:
English - www.unesco.org/webworld/en/oer
French - www.unesco.org/webworld/fr/oer
The website serves as the central CI Sector OER resource for news, events, publications and resources. Together with the Education Sector, UNESCO is building on 8 years of OER development to:
1) Increase the awareness of decision-makers of OER and the development of dynamic, viable OER policies;
2) Developing a new, innovative UNESCO OER Platform which will offer selected UNESCO publications as OERs for free use and re-use.
UNESCO is a member of the Open Educational Quality (OPAL) Initiative to develop a new, unique Framework of Open Educational Practices. Please feel free to take part in an OPAL Survey at: www.oer-quality.org"

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E-Journal Archiving For UK HE Libraries: A Draft White Paper
Charles Beagrie Limited, JISC, October 5, 2010.

JISC has released for comment a draft paper on e-Journal Archiving Policy and Strategy for UK higher education libraries. What's interesting is that the paper is available not only as a PDF version but is also broken up and presented with opportunities to comment on each section. "The aim of this white paper is to help universities and libraries implement policies and procedures in relation to e-journal archiving which can help support the move towards e-only provision of scholarly journals across the HE sector."

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