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Google Docs path to competency

David Weinberger

I use Google Docs a lot because I frequently want to share my drafts with some set of people and because no-frills writing software keeps me from distracting myself with frills. But, as a writing tool, Google Docs heads us back to somewhere between NotePad and a 1998 wysiwyg HTML editor. For it to catch on for anything more than the occasional shared doc, it needs to add a whole bunch of features that leverage its social usage.

Open Education, MOOCs, and Opportunities

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

NRC contributions to the technology included content harvesting and syndication technology, a semantically supported workflow engine, a data representation format called ''resource profiles'', and an upgraded version of distributed digital rights management. Hence, for example, a user (who may be a student, an employee or even an expert or a professor) may wish to store videos on YouTube, photographs on Flickr, and documents and spreadsheets on Google Docs.

Once more, across that chasm

Harold Jarche

Workflow Learning (including wider acceptance of performance support instead of training). A year later the use of blogs had exploded, while workflow learning had stalled and I noted that an understanding of the value of informal learning was catching on.

[berkman] Transforming Scholarly Communication

David Weinberger

We’ll need all that (Lee says) because the workflow for processing all the new info we’re gathering hasn’t kept up with the amount we’re taking in via sensor networks, global databases, laboratory instruments, desktops, etc. For e-scientists and e-researchers, there’s just too much: too much data, too much workflow, too much “opportunity.&#. Google Wave. Also Slideshare and Google Docs.

Last Year's Predictions For 2008, Reviewed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Looking up "Basic research on learning and instruction will provide new guidance for instructional design" on Google tells us the current state of affairs: an old ITForum paper on information age learning, Gagne's nine steps , and a 2005 paper on ISD. The best part of the prediction is the observation that the increased interest in performance support and workflow learning would result in only limited practical developments. and even Google Search 2.0.