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Bug report: Group Cognition

I was browsing Dr. Gerry Stahl’s new book, called Group Cognition – Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge. Pretty bold title – isn’t it? From the title and the size of the book (521 pages) you could expect that there must be something about blogs and wikis and how these tools have been used in […]

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Strong and weak links in a social network

After being many years very connected with information and communication (ICT) network, I still sometime get surprised by the speed of the network. And now I am not talking about the “bandwidth” only, but the combination of social networks and ICT. Here is an example: I follow Stephen Downes’ OLDaily. This week I noticed that […]

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EU eLearning conference with wiki and blog aggregator

I am going to participate in the EU eLearning Conference 2006 in the beginning of July. It is a conference organized by the European Commission, Directorate General for Education and Culture with the Helsinki University of Technology’s Lifelong Learning Institute Dipoli. The conference themes are: (1) Digital literacy for all, (2) Research, Foresight and Innovation […]

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The Edublog Awards 2005-Vote ‘til Dec 17

Everyone is eligible to vote on the favorite Edublog candidate of the year at http://www.incsub.org/awards/! Check the list, over 60 nominations of people blogging about various aspects related to e-learning. Pick your one! If you are not yet familiar with educational blogging, this is a very "good overview of the quality, diversity and scope of […]

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Solving communication disasters with FLOSS social tools

Evelyn writes about the help of wikis for people in urgent need for localized information. Robert Scoble talks about the same thing and points that we need a new kind of search engine. This reminds me of 9/11 which was the starting shot for blogs, as Hugh wisely compares that Katrina is for wikis what […]

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Made – map and annotation display environment: collaborative and visual learning tool

We are happy to announce our new software project. The working title of the software under development is Made – Map and Annotation Display Environment (BTW: for those who understand Finnish: we also have software products called Hauki and Kuha). – click for larger image – Made software is primary developed for browsing and studying […]

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(Critical) history of ICT in education – and where we are heading?

The use of computers in education is much more a series of failures than success stories. I agree with Erik Duval that in general, in a large scale the impact of technology on the way people learn have been minimal. In open distant learning and military training (simulations) there are examples of success, but these […]

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Social software may help students to stay on the golden middle road

The Swedish phrase says that one should always look for the golden middle road. The official Sweden puts it in their web site: “in the choice of two roads, we travel the third”. I love our neighbours! A while ago I discussed with my brother about our students’ attitudes towards learning. My brother is a […]