Various authors, Jun 30, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So what might OLDaily look like if it were a commercial publication. Tze was good enough to send me this link to a product called a SmartBrief, and in particular, the SmartBrief offered by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) - here's the direct link, though it may cease functioning in the future (coded URLs tend to do that).

What you'll notice first is how nice it looks. The professionally designed piece uses a standard red black and white colour combo with a nice readable Arial text. Next, you'll see the many advertisements that accompany the issue - ads from private universities, publishers, and software vendors. And finally, you'll see the risk-free content culled from newspapers and magazines. No blogs here! Nothing controversial, either; no opinions, no criticisms. Pablum.
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