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by Stephen Downes
Aug 06, 2014

Drawing a line from @elgg to @withknown: an adventure in #edtech and #indieweb
Ben Werdmuller, Aug 06, 2014

I personally think that the line from Elgg to Known runs through Explode!, but that's not the way Ben Werdmuller tells it. "From the beginning, it was important to us that users got to control their own space," he writes. "They could choose their own theme, and hack it, if they wanted to. Most importantly, they could choose exactly who could see each and every post: long before Mark Zuckerberg declared that the age of privacy was dead, our research indicated that students felt more comfortable with web publishing if they could keep tight reigns over who could see their work." See also: the problem with OKCupid is not a problem with the social web.

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This poster explains Creative Commons for the rest of us
Sean Connor, Saylor Blog, Aug 06, 2014

This is interesting, not simply because it explains Creative Commons for non-technical people, but because it changes the thrust of the message from what you can't do to what you can do. The danger, of course, is that in licenses that state what you can do, the default is restrictive, whereas in licenses that state what you can't do, the default is permissive. Related, and also from Saylor: the care to share bar. Maybe I should add one to my site.

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Tips & Tricks for Recording Audio Narration
Tom Kuhlmann, The Rapid eLearning Blog, Aug 06, 2014

I can't count how much bad audio I've listened to over the years (sadly, I've been the perpetrator of a lot of it). This quick guide focuses our attention to audio quality, and is a much needed instructional technology skill.

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Shots in the heather
Dave Ferguson, Dave's Whiteboard, Aug 06, 2014

Following up from Danieel Lemire's characterization of research (which i endorse) from yesterday: "

Is iomadh urchair tha dol san fhraoch.
(Many a shot goes into the heather.)

That is to say, research (and learning) is about missing the mark as much as it is about success. Without failure, learning doesn't happen. But failure can follow failure without observation and reflection. "If you fire indiscriminately, paying no attention to when or why or how, not trying to figure out why you missed, and not turning to anyone else for feedback, you’re  going to continue putting a lot of shot into the heather."

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