The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

David Weinberger

In 2003 it was becoming clear that we needed?—?and That was the theme of Clay Shirky ’s 2003 keynote at the ETech conference, the most important gathering of Web developers of its time. Clay’s 2003 analysis of the situation is awesome. He points out that designers of social software are always surprised by what people do with their software, but thinks there are some patterns worth attending to. ” But now (2003) we’re fully into the fully social web.

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The Future IMS Learning Design

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Instead of trying to systematize, to sequence, a more appropriate approach is based around patterns and connections. It was started in 2001, and the main spec came out in 2003. demo - Weblion Wiki - user created content and support Somthing like this for learning design would be really useful, and if we made it open, then anyone could contribute content. Simplify the authoring process: simpler visual modeling, visual pattern repositories, design scenarios and aids.

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The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Starr, 2003) Since education is a domain that inherently involves people as both practitioners and clients, it seems clear that when we think about the adoption of new technology in education, we need to think as much about what people will want and are likely to do as about the new technologies that will be available. Veldanda, 2003) Even as I write, development of high-bandwidth videoconferencing technology continues; we have an ‘Advanced Collaborative Environments’ in our own building.


Jay Cross

Thursday, May 08, 2003. discussion groups and wikis. The proliferation of open co nnections heralds a new world of continuous improvement where chain reactions of combined thoughts and learning recombine in ever-greater patterns. ( Fortune Magazine ). The Times of London calls C.K. Prahalad “the No. 1 most influential management thinker in the world.&# I wouldn’t argue. And he’s about to contribute another important idea to business.

Applications and Theory of Educational Social Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But adoption moves quickly - at one time you couldn't say 'blog or wiki' at a conference. The text was written two years before it was published - your textbook of 2007 was written in 2003. The visualization of this starts to show patterns - how does knowledge flow through an organization, for example. Summary of a panel discussion at CADE-AMTEC 2007 featuring Terry Anderson, george Siemens and Dave Cormier.

Kirschner, Sweller, Clark (2006) - Readings

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Seeback and Kirschner deemphasize this result by mentioning, "But the negatives include lower scores on basic science tests, more study time and a pattern of ordering significantly more unnecessary tests at a much higher cost per patient with less benefit." There is commentary by artichoke at this wag the dog blog entry and also at this wiki entry which provoked some critical discussion.

Education, Technology and Myth

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

One example is research which understands technological innovations as being "disseminated" throughout a population (often the faculty at a university, as it happens; e.g. Mahony & Wozniak, 2005 ; Bull et al, 2002 ; Garofoli & Woodell, 2003 ; PT3 2002 ). Given that we have established (or at least hypothesized) a pattern of technology adoption that has prevailed in the past, we next ask whether this pattern will continue in the future.