Archive for November, 2006

Hyperbook prototypes

  • Sophie from Institute for the Future of the Book (pdf)
  • Hyperscope
  • Inform 7 – A Design System for Interactive Fiction Based on Natural Language

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Paul Duguid: Limits of self–organization – Peer production and “laws of quality”

“Rather, I have used these examples to try, however inadequately, to raise questions about the transferability of Open Source quality assurance to other domains. My underlying argument is that the social processes of Open Source software production may transfer to other fields of peer production, but, with regard to quality, software production remains a special case. As Weber (2004) has argued, Open Source software development itself is not the self–organizing system it is sometimes imagined to be. Not only is it controlled from below by the chip on which code must run, but projects are also organized from above by developers and maintainers whose control and authority is important to the quality of the outcome. Thus, for software, Linus’s Law and Graham’s Law exist with other, significant constraints that do not necessarily obtain elsewhere. If we are to rely on peer production in multiple different spheres of information production, as Benkler (2006) suggests and I hope, we need to look for other ways to assure quality.”

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New contestants for the VLE circus

Very interesting and useful tools:

  • Mojiti lets you annotate any moment in any online video.
  • Stikkit watches for appointments, to-dos, people, bookmarks and more, magically extracting and organizing the important details. It’s like having a personal assistant following along after you.

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Down under

Just realized last night that most what you can get of open source e-learning came from down under:

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What’s next, LMS?

‘Mkay, we’ve seen Blackboard doing the best a capitalist can (pdf), I wonder if Educause can do anything about it. I really don’t know how can it affect Moodle, the open source solution that seems to be providing most an LMS should.

Educase also did a survey on what current LMS users want (pdf) and while Elgg Spaces just been announced (sorry, I can’t see why is this solution promotes or helps learning, actually, or in what way is more than People Aggregator), only the guys down under seem to be grasping the e-portfolio story with Mahara.

Sure I have to include the latter drawing of Stephen Downes (click to enlarge).

I think we’re still running into two basic problems:
a) who provides the identity server?
b) who hosts the e-portfolio?

These questions are rather politically-filled as far as I’ve been concerned Hungarian state/European initiatives regarding these questions. I hope that this service will be removed from the academia much to a state-level – however that means more and more time consumed by consultations regarding the speed of the EU giving space to the educational status quo to maintain its power. (See the ePortfolio 2010 goal in Europe – as it says in 2010, every citizen will have an ePortfolio.)

I hope that moving identities and e-portfolio a bit far from the currently – mostly – practically useless education institutions can help us separating learning – a possibility actually not provided at educational institutions – from qualification.

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Short notice on papers’ heaven

In Digital Youth Research the academia finally seems to be a bit interested in the kids’ actual practice. A definite reader on Kids’ Informal Learning with Digital Media.

Would like to add more on the bootlegging community and its tools.

Acid Express The free version of the multitrack sound editor that is the most popular tool of the bootleggers, youngsters who make their own reinterpretations of popular music pieces — not caring for copyright, for sure. Their biggest online community, get your bootleg on consists of more than 4000 active, contributing people. Recently video jockeying also got out of the hands of professionals and the youngsters started to produce their mash-ups from music videos and all kind of video sources. On mash-up music and video jockeys see Wikipedia. For more on the concept of rip burn’n’mix culture, see Molnar (1998) and Goetz (2004).” (Molnar, 2006)

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