- Six lessons from the world’s best local wiki » Nieman Journalism Lab – Hyped-up title. Actually a brief report on a student wiki project that leads to a few loose recommendations. Yeesh, promises, promises. – (wiki )
- oceaniaeuropeamericasafricaasia on Vimeo – Olympic rings reveal idealistic symmetry when data driven. – (DH politics )
- The UK’s biggest spending cuts protest yet and the anti-kettling app – Social media gone sane. – (en3177 demonstration politics )
- Editorial | Siemens | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning – Siemens and Conole. Editorial intro to IRRODL special issue on connectivism. The entire issue is brings us up to speed for 2011 on PLEs and MOOCs. "As the first full journal issue, that we’re aware of, devoted to connectivism, this special issue of IRRODL presents a somewhat confusing landscape. Some themes are emerging around the relationship of connectivism to existing theories of learning and social interaction (communities of practice, actor-network theory, and activity theory being most prominent). Critiques of connectivism also reveal themes: the need for ongoing research, the suitability of existing theories in answering the questions that connectivism attempts to address, and the status of connectivism as a theory of learning." – (PLE MOOC connectivism DE )
- NSFW: Sarah Palin – How’s That Promotey, Embargoey Stuff Workin’ Out for Ya? – i love this guy, using the Palin Massive as a case study for author and publisjer gamesmanship. "publishers simply don’t have the luxury of controlling the flow of information any more. The idea that they can release thousands of preview copies of a new title, in electronic form, weeks (or even months) ahead of publication and rely on a gentleman’s agreement with the press that their embargo will be respected is simply laughable." – (publishing politics )
- EPIC FAIL: the sorry state of web education in schools | opensource.com – via tech_rhet. Move away from teaching and using proprietary software – from Word to Dreamweaver – and start incorporating open source and web-based stuff – the kind of stuff that students can use to get beyond the proprietary. Excellent little article, but I wonder what took them so long to figure this out. Academia doesn't move as slowly as all that. Been doing this, and wrestling with it, for years. Might want to read this in conjunction with TBL's Long Live the Web. – (ple pedagogy webdesign wcw berners-lee plenk2010# )
Seems the Tories have discovered crowdsourcing – a little late. Shadow culture minister Hunt says,
“It is crazy that [policies] have gone wrong when you’ve got lots and lots of, for example, retired health professionals, retired policemen, people in the teaching profession, who have huge knowledge and expertise…
“Is there a way that we can use the internet … to try and avoid some of these howlers so a future Conservative government can not just have good policy ideas but execute policy in a much more considered and thought-through way?”
Of course there’s a way of bringing people into the conversation, Mr Hill, and Lib Dem Jenny Willot (bless) is willing to give the Tories advice for free. Well, almost free. She gets an obligatory snipe in at the end.
For the Liberal Democrats, Work and Pensions spokesperson Jenny Willott MP said: “This prize is clearly a publicity stunt and a total waste of taxpayers’ money.
“There are already a multitude of ways to communicate with large numbers of people online, from Facebook to discussion groups.
“Maybe the Tories are so out of touch they don’t know what’s out there, but they shouldn’t waste £1m of public money reinventing the wheel.”
Of course, crowdsourcing won’t solve the problem of Getting It Right unless you listen to the sources. So here’s hoping that a £1m investment means the Tories would value what their sources tell them.
- Open Access Publisher Accepts Nonsense Manuscript for Dollars « The Scholarly Kitchen – Davis's account of how he submitted a computer-generated bogus article to an open-access journal, had it accepted, and was asked for $$ to cover publication. "Would a publisher accept a completely nonsensical manuscript if the authors were willing to pay Open Access publication charges?" The incident is mildly interesting, but anyone can spoof a for-profit. More from the Chronicle over here: http://chronicle.com/news/article/6665/publisher-suggests-it-played-along-with-hoax – (academic )
- #iranelection cyberwar guide for beginners – – (hashtags socialnetworking politics twitter cyberwar crowdsourcing #iranelection )
- Studies Explore Whether the Internet Makes Students Better Writers – Chronicle.com – OV of the Stanford study, and the usual suspects comment on facility v quality. – (literacy newliteracy fyc )
- Foswiki Home – Foswiki: a fork of Twiki. Package available for Mac, Fusion, Linux. – (wiki )
- Wiki: Web Collaboration – full text pdfs – Anja Ebersbach, Markus Glaser, Richard Heigl; – (wikis )