Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Passing of a scholarly friend

Jun 16, 2009

We are all saddened to learn today of the passing of Robin Mason. "Robin was an influential and important figure in the development of computer conferencing for educational applications. She worked for many years at the British Open University and there she was the first to develop computer conferencing for large scale implementations." I interacted with Robin on a number of occasions and paired with her in a 2000 online debate: Online Learning: Your Dream, My Nightmare. We were the 'dream team'. Reading and reporting on death always makes me angry, as it's such a terrible waste, and this is no more evident than in the present case. Posts from Martin Weller. Robin Mason's home page.


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