The Rebirth of Theory

Anderson, C. (2008, June 23). The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete. Wired Magazine, 16.07. Retrieved August 20, 2010 from http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/16-07/pb_theory. Anderson's argument that the exponential growth of available information requires, "an entirely different approach" to organization is valid, but his contention that this deluge of data renders theory and… Continue reading The Rebirth of Theory


Creation is Overrated

I've submitted papers to conferences before. I've had a number accepted. Most were even peer-reviewed. It's an academic tradition I approve of and even enjoy because I like verbally sharing and discussing the lessons we've learned about delivering online education; through that process, others will now take up that cause because the place I used… Continue reading Creation is Overrated


Tools or Toys?

Wheeler, S. (2009). Learning space mashups: Combining web 2.0 tools to create collaborative and reflective learning spaces. Future Internet, 1(1), 3-13. Retrieved from the Internet on March 25, 2010 at http://www.mdpi.com/1999-5903/1/1/3. Lee, M., & McLoughlin, C., (2010). Beyond distance and time constraints: applying social networking tools and Web 2.0 approaches in distance education. In Veletsianos,… Continue reading Tools or Toys?


Personal and Guided

Attwell, G. (2007). Personal learning environments - the future of elearning? eLearning Papers, 2(1). Retrieved from the Internet April 3, 2010 at: http://www.elearningeuropa.info/out/?doc_id=9758&rsr_id=11561. Couros, A. (2010). Developing Personal Learning Networks for Open & Social Learning. In Veletsianos, G. (Ed). Emerging Technologies in Distance Education. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press. Atwell's view that informal learning requires personal… Continue reading Personal and Guided


Foreign Language Learning – Web 2.0 Style

Stevenson, M. & Liu, M. (2010) Learning a Language with Web 2.0: Exploring the Use of Social Networking Features of Foreign Language Learning Websites. Calico Journal 27(2). The personal value of this article was not so much on the content (although any website designed to assist with learning is of interest) but on the design… Continue reading Foreign Language Learning – Web 2.0 Style