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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

E-learning 2.0

As the Web matures and evolves to 2.0 (see Colin's post below) we are seeing similar changes in e-learning. Readily available, free online publishing tools that help people put their ideas into the www and technology that provides access and encourages sharing (eg Flock - see Colin's post below) sits very comfortably with the ideals of genuinely learner centred approaches to education and training. Stephen Downes has a great article in eLearn magazine that explores the idea of e-learn 2.0 - it's well worth a read. http://elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=articles&article=29-1

John

Monday, October 24, 2005

Flock - a browser for Web 2.0

For the last year and a bit there has been growing buzz about Web 2.0.

So what is Web 2.0?

In brief, it's considered to be the logical evolution of the web - it's not about new technology (so don't worry, no need for expensive or confusing upgrades), it's more about the move towards using collective intelligence in sharing knowledge.

This is done through things like blogs, wikis, rss feeds, pod casting, Flickr, del.icio.us bookmark sharing and a range of others.

There is a pretty good indepth run down of what Web 2.0 is at http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html

So what does this all have to do with Flock?

Flock is a new web browser (based on Mozilla Firefox code) which is designed to seamlessly integrate these Web 2.0 services into the browser. Other browsers have moved towards this kind of interactivity but Flock has been built from the ground up with this in mind.

Flock is currently available as a Developer Preview - so it's still a relatively rough work in progress (there are a few bugs) however it's a pretty interesting look at where the web is going.

You can download the Developer Preview here for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux (approx 7MB)

Podcasting in Education

Interesting article on Podcasting in Education by Gardner Campbell that I found out about on Stephen Downes' Blog

Stephen says

"It's a good article, though I found the scenarios used to introduce the topic at the beginning of the article to be over the top; better would have been some real-world examples. Otherwise, the author offers a relatively light and education-focused account of podcasting."

Sums it up pretty nicely to me

http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0561.pdf

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Using scenarios

Thanks (as ever) to Peter LeCornu for this one

Scenariation
A number of articles about scenario based e-learning. This web page is part of a website for a product called scenariation which is designed to help design scenario based e-learning.