Fast and cheap
There's this photo of Barack Obama taken by the Associated Press last year when he visited Berlin:
What is notable about this photo?
And how is it like:
"In the days before machinery men and women who wanted to amuse themselves were compelled, in their humble way, to be artists. Now they sit still and permit professionals to entertain them by the aid of machinery. It is difficult to believe that general artistic culture can flourish in this atmosphere of passivity." - Aldous Huxley, 1927
Yet can the word "passivity" be used to accurately describe modern web culture?
Publishing gets personal
Brian just loves his blog: http://blogs.ubc.ca/brian
- To narrate his work
- To connect with communities...
- To pose problems and get answers...
The power of the personal learning network
The stupidest thing you ever heard of can be a powerful mechanism...
- the #opened09 conference tag
- Preliminary Thoughts on Visualising the OpenEd09 Twitter Network by the Open University UK's Tony Hirst
You can stay focused on the resources, yet tap a network.
I will give you my continued readership if you give me interesting and regular updates. We can then build on this notion of reciprocal, but not identical, activity for more subtle interactions, let's call it shifted reciprocity. I can put out a lazyweb request on Twitter if I have either responded previously to such requests (standard reciprocity) OR I have given enough of myself to twitter, such that people feel well disposed towards me (shifted reciprocity) -- Martin Weller
The emergence of the personal learning network
- There must be 50, er... 67 Ways to tell a Web 2.0 story...
- Can engender spontaneous connections and enhancements on the network.
"The 'cost' of sharing has collapsed... If I come across something I share it via Google shared items, Twitter, my blog, etc. If I want to share I stick it up on Slideshare, my blog, YouTube. There is a small cost in terms of effort to me to do the sharing, and zero cost in anyone wanting to know what I share. Sharing is just an RSS feed away. - Martin Weller
Micro-economies that scale
- UMWBlogs - "Two years worth of iteration and development given to Longwood in less than an hour."
- Recent case, in which an aggregated OER search engine was built for free by people who have never met. Became Free Learning OER Portal
- re-applied at UBC
- targeted for the UN Habitat Exchange
- And how about MobileCourseDiscussions - open sharing in open formats reduces costs in environments we have not yet imagined...