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Steven Berlin Johnson

the wonderful folks over at typepad who make this blog possible have very kindly made ghost map their featured book of the month. they're giving away free copies of the book for new typepad subscribers, and they've just posted a fun

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation Meeting in Mexico

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) is a major new initiative we started in IBM two years ago to transform the way we look at innovation and strategic planning. We decided to complement our in-house strategy efforts by sitting together

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Social Bookmarking for Link Sharing

Tony Karrer

On TrDev, we've been discussing the sharing of links via forum posts vs. social bookmarking tools such as I've discussed this before: Social Bookmarking Tricks for Group Learning Personal and Group Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools But it might be worth looking at how Nancy White has been doing this. See her recent post about Second Wave Adoption and her follow-up post on Time to Experiment. She lets folks know to use the

My Generation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

" It seems to me that we have such a burden of responsibility to make the world a better place for those who were born into far worse circumstances." - Captain Nichola Godard, 1980 – 2006, last letter home to her parents. First Canadian woman killed in combat.

2 Irony and The Ghost Map

Steven Berlin Johnson

lovely review of the ghost map by david quammen in the times book review this morning. it's interesting to see the many ways that reviewers have tried to connect the book to everything bad: some arguing for a connection between john

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Informal Learning Blog » Social Media Club, day 2

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

CIMG1595 This morning I arrived five minutes before my presentation was due to begin. (I I was the opening act.) I explained that I didn't want to miss what I had to say. Now that I tout informality, I do improv; I never know what's going

A New Website, Part Four - Drupal Multisite Configuration

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is the fourth part in a series. Earlier this week, in Part One , I described the selection of a hosting services and preparation of the web server. In Part Two , I discuss the reasons I chose Drupal and begin the preparations for installing Drupal 5.0 beta on my new site. Part Three continues that description, wrapping up the software installation. Coming next: configuration and customization. Multisite Configuration I decided I needed to attend to the multisite configuration first.

A New Website, Part Five - Basic Drupal Configuration

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

If you were installing Drupal for just one site, you would have come to this point very quickly - in previous installations it has taken less than half an hour to download and install the Drupal software in my website directory, create the Drupal database, and run the installation routine. It took me a lot longer because my installation is quite a bit more complex - I am installing Drupal to manage several websites at once.

A New Website, Part Two - Choosing Drupal

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In the previous installment I wrote about selecting a hosting service and setting up my web server. Now I'm to the point where I actually want to put something on it. I could simply put up some web pages. The hosting package I selected gives me several domains, and in one of them - - I could simply upload an index file. In the previous installment I actually did this, to test the domain.

A New Website, Part Three - Installing Drupal

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

OK, picking up again after lunch. I have downloaded the Drupal archive from the Drupal website to my home computer. Then, using gftp, I have uploaded the drupal archive from my home computer to the www/drupal directory. Again, if this were just an ordinary web account, with only one domain, I would have simply uploaded it in into the main document directory, www. So the archive is sitting there. I can see it, it's called drupal-5.0-beta1.tar.gz

Education Research

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to this article. Without launching into a big long discussion (again, this is old ground for people familiar with empirical research), there are many reasons to question the conclusions offered by such studies. No single study should ever be accepted as proving one or another hypothesis, no matter how large the sample size. The essence of empirical science is that the phenomena it describes must be replicable, which means they must actually be replicated.

Change and Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to: Change It's one thing to say this: "we must change existing conditions so that it is normal and possible for a majority of people to move forward." And something very different to say this: "how can I assist my institution, and others, in understanding and responding to change?" Empowering the organization is not the same as empowering the individuals within that organization, and indeed, the two from time to time work at cross-purposes.

IIEP-OER: Our Discussion

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Contributions to the UNESCO Forum on OERs. Diem Ho wrote: Please find enclosed the IBM Academic Inititaive , in which any faculty members can download software, course materials, tutorials, webscasts,etc and to give them to their students to study toward certifications or to learn about ICT and Service Sciences. All are free.

Paid Content

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I wrote, on Ian Delaney's blog : "Thanks for being honest. I'll be honest too. One more paid post and I'm unsubscribing." He wrote back, "Thanks for being candid. Can I ask why, though? My take on it is that I get paid for writing articles elsewhere. What's the difference?" I wrote the following in response: It is one thing to be paid for writing articles. News journalists are paid for writing articles, and I am happy to read them.

The Future of LTSC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The IEEE Learning Technologies Sub Committee (LTSC) is reconsidering its mandate and role. Some interesting comments have been posted on the mailing list.

A New Website, Part One - Setting the Stage

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Earlier this fall, while handling another complaint sent to my managers about Stephen's Web - this one about its unfairly high placement on Google - I commented that I was considering moving the site off the government servers. A good idea, responded my manager. You are required to move the site by November 22. And thus began the current series of articles. I knew I would not be hosting the site in my living room.