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  Thursday, April 08, 2004


  Chapter on weblogs and learning by Alex Halavais

In case you haven't seen it yet: Alex Halavais for the chapter in International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments, forthcoming from Kluwer.

Must read.


Update 11/04:

Update 16/04:

Update 19/04 (final part :)

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  Ideal intellectual communities

Something that I overlooked in my own links (thanks, Seb) - Amanda on Ideal intellectual communities

The IIC would consist of people who aren't competing with each other for funds, status, recognition, or employment. Intellectual work would not be a zero-sum game to determine who can publish the most, or the fastest, or with the most prestigious publisher.

I wonder if it's feasible :) Amanda articulates other conditions and then suggests:

The blogosphere fulfills several of these conditions, but I'd like to be able to be in the same room with fellow IIC members. What I really want, I suspect, is a salon. [...]

So: where are the salons of today? Have we anything similar? Am I overlooking any existing communities?

I think that our idea of BlogWalk is pretty close to a salon: getting together for intellectual joy :)))

Btw, I can't stop enjoying explanations of weblog titles. Amanda's weblog called Household opera

The phrase "household opera" comes from a sonnet by James Merrill ("Matinees," poem 5, in The Fire Screen [Atheneum, 1964]): "One's household opera never palls or fails."  

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  From creative mess to products (blogs and wikis for thinking)

Thinking of blogs vs. wikis to support thinking. For me blogging is easier - it shows how ideas unfold over time and somehow I don't have a problem when I create new page (I do think twice in wikis - because it increases navigation mess). Blogging is also about permalinking and hypertexting half-baked ideas...

The problem is that at the certain moment there is a critical mass (critical mess ;) of bits related to a theme. At this moment you need a least an overview of all of them and then a way to construct something more coherent. Wikis are great for that. It's much easier to get an overview of ideas (if they collected on one page :), edit them into something better or even go for refactoring the whole thing.

But then you get the clarity of a final product and lose an overview of path that took you there. And I'm getting more and more convinced that process and artefacts on the way is as important as the final product.

Of course, some wiki/weblog combination can make life easier (but not those where weblog post is edited as a wiki - you lose the path then).

The funny thing that so far I have my own work around: I use weblog for thinking in progress and then ideas are ripe I write papers. It also makes pretty clear distinction for content ownership in a case where someone (like me) gets paid to produce ideas: I'm building my "thought repository" (weblog) while my company benefits from more polished "knowledge artefacts" (papers and reports) I produce.

Hmm, have to dig out some research on process of creative thinking - something about stages in which clear ideas emerge from a mess of doing and thinking, reading and writing...

Lot's of associative thinking instead of working :)


  BlogTalk 2.0: coopetition and research blogging

Anjo reflects on BlogTalk acceptance list:

Apart from the fact that I'm happy our proposal was accepted, I was totally flabbergasted there are only two accepted proposals with multiple authors (ours, which has three authors; and one other with two authors). All the other 25 proposals accepted have precisely one author. Why is this?

Later: updated list suggests that 8 out of 25 proposals have multiple authors :) 

It's really strange and I'm surprised of not noticing it myself (may be because both of my proposals were co-authored :). I share Anjo's why - why it's so different from any academic conference where it's more difficult to find a single-author contribution?

Is it a selfish nature of blogging? Do we simply have a reflection here?

Is it a competitiveness? When everything is out there, "thinking in public", you know, and blogged back and forth, it's pretty difficult to come up with original ideas. Is it something that keeps many of us not sharing with others than ideas are a bit more ripe? Is it some kind of coopetition, collaboration and competition at the same time?

Or is it just simply lack of knowing of others who can add value to our own thinking, lack of not clear ways reaching them or lack of trust that you need for co-writing?

I believe that many of people submitted BlogTalk proposals would benefit from coauthoring. I guess I'm not going to make unrealistic suggestions here... Let's see how the sharing values of blogosphere and conference competitiveness clash and where we go from there :)))

And if you want something related, but different, check Thoughts on Academic Blogging (MSR Breakout Session Notes) or any other links of research blogging.

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