Saturday, December 22, 2007


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The NMC is on board hosting the Networked World discussion on the 16th January 2008 in the colosseum at the NMC grid in SL.

There is room for 50 or so on the SIM so please nominate your inclusion via the associated JotForm.

The New Media Consortium (NMC) is an international 501(c)3
not-for-profit consortium of more than 250 learning-focused
organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and
new technologies.

NMC member institutions are found in almost every
state in the United States, across Canada, and in Europe, Asia and
Australia. Among the membership are an elite list of the most highly
regarded colleges and universities in the world, as well as a growing
list of innovative museums, research centers, foundations, and
forward-thinking companies.

The consortium serves as a catalyst for the development of new
applications of technology to support learning and creative
expression, and sponsors programs and activities designed to stimulate
innovation, encourage collaboration, and recognize excellence among
its member institutions. Through its many projects, its comprehensive
website, and its series of international conferences, the NMC
stimulates dialog and understanding through the exploration of
promising ideas, technologies, and applications.

As a central part of its mission, the NMC encourages and supports
innovation in the pursuit of effective collaboration, especially in
the activities and projects in which it plays a leadership role.

For more information on the NMC, visit its website at

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Connect (edu) Learning Within Groups and Networks.

Well well :)

Teemu came in on Skype this morning with an enquiry as to whether I'd seen Leigh's entry for 'Networked Learning' over at Wikiversity.

Structured as a course ? lesson ? free-content ?

"....It is based on the principles of networked learning where individuals establish an online identity and formulate relationships with other people and information to communicate and develop knowledge."

My answer was that indeed I well as keeping an eye on George Siemen's premise of 'connectivism' over at Wikipedia.

"......Connectivism is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories. Learning is a process that occurs within nebulous environments of shifting core elements – not entirely under the control of the individual. Learning (defined as actionable knowledge) can reside outside of ourselves (within an organization or a database), is focused on connecting specialized information sets, and the connections that enable us to learn more are more important than our current state of knowing. Connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly altering foundations. New information is continually being acquired. The ability to draw distinctions between important and unimportant information is vital. The ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday is also critical...."
So which one is the buzz-word and which one is the core concept for online learning and offline connection making ? Or is it both ? Neither ? Nor ?

Teemu and I will be engaging with whomever has a grasp on the notions of network (ed) learning migrating from the informal to non-formal perhaps even looking at the move from networks to groups back to the singular and the necessary transitory modality to sustain all three in time.

Without losing the individual what do we become when we engage beyond our own petty boundaries ? What's a risk ?

I'm hoping that Alan Levine will pick up the ping and offer us a two hour block in the main NMC arena ( colosseum ? ) on January 16th at UTC 00:00 .....


Slides perhaps and if your game to come back on Leigh's retort that providing some semblance of order via a web form only confuses people.

Bring your dancing scripts.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter has added a Skypecast to the FLNW2 list of events in January.

Topic : Networked nonprofits, social media and social good in an networked world.

More information on Beth over at

Biography :

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Derek Chirnside : Magician

To break out of the bubble ....... takes guts. ( to be inside one even more amazing :)

We all to make a difference in this world it takes realizing ideas and where possible keeping the public involved.

$200USD is a lot of money in my part of the world. FLNW2 participants can do an awful lot with $200USD.

What do you think would be the best way to use this generous ChipIn donation by Derek Chirnside ?

I can think of some great things which may help students in Thailand get involved with the FLNW2 online and offline range of connections and conversations.

Which ever way it goes.....Derek your a magician. A massive thank you from everyone at TALO and FLNW :)

Friday, December 07, 2007

SUT : All Aboard

Chatting with John Eyles.

Looks like Suranaree University are on board.

Which means of course that those turning up in Bangkok get the opportunity to see first hand the amazing things they are up to with John and the others.


If only this knee was up to it.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Moving right along..

Looks like someone's friggin' around with the FLNW wikispaces front end again so we may have to turn it to 'protected' but open...what's your thoughts ?

We are seeing some movement also from around the globe which is heartening.

I'm sitting here with Jo Kay and we are musing over the amount of things happening this time of the year and after my stint yesterday in NMC with Kim Flintoff and company I'm keen to engage people in how the virtual side of FLNW2 will come together.

Bee and I are keen to link-in Dekita January workshops with the FLNW initiative and it appears that Janet Hawtin's scored a spot for a wrap-up / reflection via the Linux conference.

John has popped his head in via Skype to say he's there hail or shine as has Michael C.

So......I'm committing rail hail or shine to speaking with Alan Levine about asking for the use of the auditorium for a couple of our sessions and linking ( automatically ) the wiki entries from FLNW wikispaces over to some sort of front end elsewhere.....perhaps not as Jo states.

The good part will be to have Vance and Michael's input from Webheads as to what and when / where those who put down 'audio only' can convene through the appropriate platform.

Leigh Blackall sent me through the FLNW1 book which is an awesome collation and a real summary of those magic moments to, through and from NZ last year. Thanks mate....I really appreciate all the efforts of Sparker also with the DVD compilation.

Here's the list of who's got their name down so far;

Vance Stevens
Lukas Ritzel
Konrad Glogowski
Jo Kay
Mark A. Kramer
Kim Cofino
Nancy White
Bronwyn Stuckey
Barbara Dieu
Steve Sloan
Bill Wade
Michael Coghlan
Bill Wade
Nick Noakes
Chris Harvey
Sue Waters
Leonard Low
Janet Hawtin
Anne Paterson
Wendy Zammit
Rick Jenkins
Alexander Hayes
Leigh Blackall
Robyn Jay
peter allen
Justin Medved
Marica Sevelj
Tony Carr
Jacinta Gascoigne
Stephanie Rieger
Lud Allen

Ok folks time to add some names.

Join Wikispaces and get into the FLNW2 .