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February 29, 2012

Knowledge, Learning and Community: Elements of Effective Learning
Stephen Downes, February 29, 2012, Change 11 Online Course, Moncton, via Blackboard Collaborate

I overview major elements of my contribution to the domain of educational technology.

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Are Attitudes Towards Privacy Changing?
Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus, February 29, 2012.

I admin that I'm in the big purple mass of people who would do a genome analysis, and share my data, if asked. By 'share' though I do not mean 'give to some corporation that will make the data its private property'. Would I buy a genome kit for $99? Probably not - I don't need to know that badly. Maybe if I could get a 'home gene splicing kit' along with it, so I could try to give myself a tail. The point of this post is to suggest that people's attitudes toward privacy are changing. I don't think they are; I think that the calculation is the same as it has always been: if I can share without being harmed, and without harming others, and maybe get a little something for myself, I will.

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Hello Slide.com: This time, reading slides is actually a good thing
Kevin Jarrett, NCS-Tech, February 29, 2012.

I found the 'source detection in large networks' slide presentation to be fascinating - I could actually just sit and watch these sorts of slide shows for days on end. Is it a good learning experience, though? Probably only if you're really interested in the subject material. Of course, that's probably true of all learning experiences (I always wonder why people take pains to say MOOCs require motivated students, as though nothing else does). I also wonder why Kevin Jarrent uses images to create his post title - perhaps it's an anti-aggregation device?

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Community vs. Artefacts
Matthias Melcher, x28’s new Blog, February 29, 2012.

Interesting look at some of the concept's I've raised during my week in the Change 11 course (my opening essay is here and mid-week presentation is here). "It seems like a big leap to make the conceptual transition from the artefacts to the community’s connections," says Matthias Melcher. He suggests, "the gaps between the community’s artefacts, its communication, and its learning (or its members’ learning) can be bridged by a continuum of varying Boettger distance."

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Where we used to live – new website of maps from the past launched
Various Authors, JISC, February 29, 2012.

The interface probably works better if you're accessing this from somewhere in Britain; as it was, the display based in Moncton (which comes up automatically) left quite a bit to be desired. Still, as a cartophile of long standing, it's hard for me to be especially critical of an initiative that makes tens of thousands of old maps freely available to browse and enjoy. So I contented myself with looking at old country divisions in New Brunswick (still pretty much the same as they are today) and marveling that the railway here used to go right to the beach.

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