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openlearn talk @ the London Knowledge Lab
[learning, learning technology, open content, open research]

openlearn is a massive effort from the UK open university to make their course materials free and open on the web. You can also remix and upload your versions. See the openlearn talk @ the London Knowledge Lab.

Also, check out the OpenLean2007 conference (deadline coming up!). Free open content & a free open lunch.

(Digg the video)

posted by Yishay Mor on Sunday 20th, May 2007 (11:20) - comments (0) - permanent link


how to ... become an internet folk hero
[learning, open content, web2.0]

this is beautiful. Jessamyn is a librarian. One day she decides to try Ubuntu. She has so much fun, she makes a little movie and YouTubes it. She wakes up the next morning to find that she's been crowned an internet folk hero.


Hey, even Ubuntu called.
posted by Yishay Mor on Friday 11th, May 2007 (17:59) - comments (0) - permanent link


Aha! So that's what it is
[learning, open content, publications]

I just love brain science:*
People sometimes solve problems with a unique process called insight, accompanied by an “Aha!” experience. It has long been unclear whether different cognitive and neural processes lead to insight versus noninsight solutions, or if solutions differ only in subsequent subjective feeling. [...] Functional magnetic resonance imaging (Experiment 1) revealed increased activity in the right hemisphere anterior superior temporal gyrus for insight relative to noninsight solutions. The same region was active during initial solving efforts. Scalp electroencephalogram recordings (Experiment 2) revealed a sudden burst of high-frequency (gamma-band) neural activity in the same area beginning 0.3 s prior to insight solutions. This right anterior temporal area is associated with making connections across distantly related information during comprehension. Although all problem solving relies on a largely shared cortical network, the sudden flash of insight occurs when solvers engage distinct neural and cognitive processes that allow them to see connections that previously eluded them.
First, I love their way of defining insight. Second, I'm amazed by the way they measure the moment to an accuracy of 0.3 seconds. But the best is how they show that insight is related to finding lateral connection - using a lateral connection problem set!

*: 2004Neural activity when people solve verbal problems with insight. PLoS Biology, (2)4:500--510.
posted by Yishay Mor on Wednesday 11th, April 2007 (13:56) - comments (0) - permanent link


KAL sustainability, FP7 and open research
[education, open content, open research, open source]

One of the hot issues that came up during the Vision document discussions (also here) was the idea of Open Research.
It's FP7 season, and time to put our money where our mouth is (sorry for the Americanism).

I'm sure many people in the network are working on proposals. Why not have an open process for this?

Now, you may think this is crazy, after all - we're in competition. But I say - think again. I remember back in the days of the Web1.0 gold rush, I had an idea and wanted to talk to some venture capitalist about it. I asked him to sign a non-disclosure argeement. He said "If the only thing you have going for you is that no one knows what you're thinking about, then don't bother. Either someone else is thinking the same, or they'll copy and better you the first time you expose it"

Here's a theory: the product of an open process can never be of a lesser quality than the product of a similar closed process. So if we open up, share our ideas, we can:
- learn from each other.
- form new teams.
- focus on our relative advantages.

As for myself, I'm party to two efforts. Since I'm not leading either, I can't say too much without my partners' consent. But I can say that one follows up on weblabs and playground, the other follows up on the learning patterns project .
posted by Yishay Mor on Wednesday 21st, March 2007 (17:34) - comments (0) - permanent link


tell it to the man
[open content, open research, publications]

Petition for guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research results

http://www.ec-petition.eu/

You may sign this petition to register your support for free and open access to European research and for the recommendations proposed in the EU's 'Study on the Economic and Technical Evolution of the Scientific Publication Markets of Europe'.

Plain and simple. Public funding = public knowledge.

posted by Yishay Mor on Tuesday 30th, January 2007 (02:08) - comments (0) - permanent link


the dark side
[open content, open research]

Nature reports that a consortium of publishers is considering hiring Eric Dezenhall to take on the threat of the open research. The man has an impressive resume, he worked for Jeffrey Skilling, the former Enron chief now serving a 24-year jail term for fraud. He helped ExxonMobile in their attempts to discredit GreenPeace.

This is great news. If they think they have something to be that worried about, they're probably right.
posted by Yishay Mor on Friday 26th, January 2007 (03:50) - comments (0) - permanent link