Thursday, December 15, 2005

I have put a link on the Prolearn Forum site to let them know about the article on OhmyNews.

Not sure if they will follow it up but the Approach to knowledge push and pull is useful. There is a part of the Prolearn project to add metadata to learning objects so they can be sequenced. Maybe this won't matter if people work out a sequence for themselves.

I think learning theory is just one aspect of something that happens on the web anyway. Everything is miscellaneous, as in most assumed subjects.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I have updated the webpage for Animex, a digital fringe for Animated Exeter

There is a page on 'learning' to cover training and education. There is a careers day and also workshops on Photoshop and Flash. This year the Careers Day will be at the Phoenix where there is also now some web access. So a lot could happen around this. I got some CDs off both Adobe and Macromedia in previous years so people goy trial versions. Still not sure what will happen with Adobe / Macromedia but this can be discussed during the festival.

I think I may be going backwards towards hard copy. While Flash in PDF is sorted out we may as well knock page layout on the head. the software is pretty much there surely.

This 'learning' blog may end up much like the other blog on IPEX 2002 , a print show. If 'everything is miscellaneous' as David Weinberger has stated, then these blogs could be better linked.
OhmyNews have now published the HighWire story. they also put links to some of my previous writing, going back to the original one on the Guardian. I think the Highwire story marks a new stage. The web based knowledge has some plausibility, or at least a theory. I will continue writing up reports as journalism. Maybe later come back to academic forms of writing but I don't think the UK scene on 'management learning' welcomes stuff that is too practical.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Quality World has an article about ISO 9000 and the recent ISO survey.

The UK is dropping way behind, as I see it. This article has very little prominence compared to previous years when the whole December issue could be about ISO 9000.

I don't think it is sensibe to hide the numbers away. My guess is that in Asia some companies are able to run ISO 9000 and do stuff with quality. the numbers show that momentum has moved there.

The article mentions anxiety and apathy. Maybe this is just in the UK.

More later. The article is not yet on the IQA website.
I have posted a story for OhmyNews on HighWire Press offering free journal articles. the occasion was the Online Information show. David Weinberger's keynote on 'Everything is Miscellaneous' is a defining moment, the way I see it.

He challenges accepted ideas about how knowledge is organised, not just in libraries but in subject areas for study. My previous efforts to work with modes 1 and 2 just slot into a much larger picture. He has been putting out similar ideas for a while though, but this is a major venue even if it is a trade show.

Web search reveals similar presentations to the Library of Congress and the Oxford Internet Institute. Suggest search on "everything is miscellaneous".

This kind of approach must be relevant for e-learning. It is coming out of the environment people are using anyway.

My concern is to open up a space where ideas about quality can be included as part of e-learning. I don't think all academics realise the implications for universities as organisations. Maybe they do and just don't like it.

The Online Information event is taking the opposite direction to their keynote speaker. Most of the stands are for content, but there are is maybe a fifth of the space at the back divided up into various labels for technology. Content management, knowledge management, documents and records, search engines and also e-publishing. My claim is that knowledge management implies e-learning. Tim O'Reilley suggests that publishing becomes collaboration in web 2. Blogs and wikis were hot topics this year so maybe Web 2 will be a label sometime soon. Let's assume that Tim O'Reilley will be the keynote speaker for 2006. This is a heuristic device to speed things up.

Friday, December 02, 2005

This could be a relevant link from a previous conference.

Not much has turned up from Online Information by way of comment on the keynote. Maybe there needs to be some time for reflection.

On the official blog David Tebbutt reported that "Nervous laughter echoed around the room. But, in between the laughter, you could almost hear some deep thinking taking place. Engage with the New World or seek early retirement."

By the official blog I mean the Online Information blog. This itself records that the only person with an official blogger badge was Nancy Garman from Information Today.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Trying to find out more about blogging

Apparently I should post this code to turn up on Technorate

This from the Info Today blog

They have a report on David Weinberger's keynote, around Tuesday

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

This is a straight copy and paste from the excellent blog hosted by Information Today

According to Weinberger, who is a philosopher as well as digerati, weare building a hugely messy web of linked metadata, and knowledge isnow constituted by what's interesting to us, not to an unknown expertor rigid Aristotelian hierarchy of information. Now, user-generatedmetadata completely flips the role of an expert. It flips the basicsfrom limits and experts and filters to a way of ordering that isinclusive and can handle an formerly overwhelming abundance ofinformation. No longer is there a limit on how much information we canhave, and no need to filter it on the way into a system, but only onthe way out, and then by a random group of users whose tracking andtagging converge to form knowledge.Weinberger said knowledge now is defined by:What: What's interesting (to us)How: By talkingWho: EveryoneWhere: In global conversationsWhy: Because we care"Knowledge IS the conversation," Weinberger said, turning upside downthe established frame of reference of most of the knowledge workers inthe audience.

Nancy GarmanInformation Today, Inc.ngarman@infotoday.comTechnorati Tag:

see my draft article

so there is some new copy to work into this later

Meanwhile there are no easy quotes to use from visiting stands

Highwire Press definitely back the ide of proper academic structures and peer review for journal articles.

Google staff in person have nothing to add to what you can find on or through Google.

However, the idea of knowledge push and knowledge pull makes some kind of sense.
Earl's Court still has some web access. Side street opposite the station at the moment.

Blog found at Info Today

Rely on this if nothing turns up here.

The official blog is at

Friday, November 25, 2005

I am hoping to get two articles accepted by OhmyNews around Online Information next week.

First one is submitted, waiting on editing. You can find the version as posted.

The next one will be about Highwire from Stanford and the implications for thinking about forms of knowledge. There is some form of learning going on with web searches. This could be a chance for a discussion with academics on what it might be.

Draft at

pdf open doc

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Getting ready for Online Information next week.

I am experimenting with a 'Content Management System' , hosted by Open Mute

My site is a test, not sure how it will develop. The RSS feeds should be there.

I have added another RSS feed found on the official Online Information blog

link for this source

Also I have put in a question about the Open Document format into the blog.

I think there could be more interest in the Open Document during the event. Open source ideas are getting stronger. there is a lot of interest in wikis and blogs. Open Documents could go a stage further. The format is not just a clone of commercial formats such as Word .doc or Acrobat .pdf . It has advantages on both as far as I have discovered so far. XML is arguably a better archiving format than PDF. So far only Open Office 2 is widely available as a way to edit Open Documents. In theory any form of document based collaboration could be possible through open source software.

Hope to find out more over the next week or so.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Now found Latino's bar, 6 Thurnham Street. Opens 11.30. Web is one pound for twenty minutes.

another link

Prolearn have some links to web 2 on the site

follow links for Ambjörn Naeve,

by the way, library out of order today as it happens.
Checking out the Adult College in Lancaster. The free web access was fully used but a cup of coffee later and there are three screens available.

In the Guardian Jack Schofield is writing about Web 2.0. It seems that Microsoft has convinced him there is something going on. Still not clear what Web 2.0 is.

"Where Web 1.0 was mainly a publishing medium, Web 2.0 offers more flexibility and interactivity." That is a quote from Jack Schofield, proper print journalist copied from actual hard copy. Not a blog or conference pitch from San Francisco.

As memory serves Tim O'Reilley compares publishing and collaboration as features of 1 and 2. Not time enough to check this at the moment. Only twenty minutes a session allowed, but the web access is free and the coffee is cheap.

Victor Keegan on the Opinion page suggests that Open Office 2.0 is "much improved" but not yet "friendly enough for most users". It may be no less friendly than Microsoft if you get used to it. I am trying to learn more about the few features I can't yet get to work. At the social Source meeting last week I found out a bit about the Open Document format. This is XML based. They claimed it was better for storing documents than PDF, even if PDF was used for publishing. So far as I know Open Office is the main software currently available for Open Documents.

In time, this format could be used for online collaboration in as many software contexts as are imagined.

Meanwhile Adobe server software is still expensive, I think. So PDF is unlikely to be seen as a collaboration format by many people.

No time to add links, except
The Adult College

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Auricle weblog has started to include stuff about quality

Recently there have been posts about Deming on Radio 4 and also a survey on benchmarking.

This is a really helpful development for me. I have found previously that UK academics are often opposed to quality ideas of any kind.

I still can't comment on the Auricle blog. the method has changed but it still seems not to work.

Still, i have added more to the Guardian Talk topic. Hope the Auricle readers find it sometimes.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Adtech was really interesting, in particular the Google University.

An article for OhmyNews was accepted and has had more response than most of my other articles.I think this is a good way forward. Journalism seems to work better than academic writing.

I got over some ideas about quality and how learning could fit in with this. Since writing the article I have found some more about a theory of learning Google might connect with. They are supporting the project for cheap computers promoted by the Media Lab at MIT.

Negroponte explained “This is not teaching as we know it; only part of our learning comes from teaching. Much of it comes from curiosity. These are tools that can help cultivate that learning process.”

Other links to explore later

Seymour Papert has a lead role on education ideas
base for the laptop

Monday, September 26, 2005

Second cut and paste from the Equel site. My probings have been there some time with no reply .


Not sure if this links without you logging in. You need to find the 'hints and tips' then the social forum. Not too easy to navigate, like much of the site.

Is anything still happening?by Will Pollard - Friday, 2 September 2005, 04:03 PM Hello again
Is this still a live project?
I am wondering why nothing seems to be happening. The previous web site was fairly flat for messages also.
Is it because actual use of the web is not really a prority? Sorry if I'm being rude but I have been thinking since a recent conference on Leadership and FE about how theory might be implemented, rendered useful for people in practice.
I'm not sure this is actually the aim of the Equel project. Papers exist as outputs. So that's ok. This site remains more or less moribund though.
Have you had a look at Prolearn?
It seems to me that the scope here includes quality and organisation. I think this is positive.
I will write more at the website
also on the Guardian talk / education
Any comment welcome
Will Pollard

Re: is anything still happening?by Will Pollard - Wednesday, 7 September 2005, 12:07 PM Copy message from Guardian Talk
Polly Toynbee is still wrong about Iraq in my opinion but she makes some interesting points about UK universities-
"No government relishes the academic backlash that would follow any suggestion that perhaps some of what is taught at university is not useful, enjoyable or intellectually elevating for most students. The interesting is often made deliberately obscure and the simple embellished with academic obfuscation, while students are taught to write in dense academic style. It is not philistine to suggest that most humanities students might have their minds stimulated by a more general curriculum across a range of disciplines, opening wider windows instead of treating them all like trainee academics. As for the value of some research, no politician dare touch that domain.",5673,1564212,00.html
One benefit of publishing academic research on the web could be a crossover of styles. Maybe this could assist understanding.

to continue talk at Guardian
I am getting a bit desperate with academics. Their ideas on 'learning' seem a bit restricted, maybe to protect the idea of learning as in universities. The next couple of posts show some attempts to get more discussion going.

This one from Open Congress website. At Tate Modern sometime soon, invitation only but the website is open enough. I have added a request for more on learning to the intro for texts. This seems the closest to a statement of intent available for the people involved.

My impression is that there is a theory of learning, but it is not explicit.

Monday, July 11, 2005

OhmyNews has now published my article on print as used by themselves and WikiNews as a spin-off from their web sites. News organisations will use a combination of web and hard copy. Both OhmyNess and WikiNews have a free PDF for download.

I have expanded in my blog on IPEX 2002 the last paragraph on Jonathan Levy's editorial in Print Media Management. 'Vision in print media' clearly means something more than the print industry has been offering. What it is though is not yet all that clear. Maybe there is a form of 'morphosis' involved. 'Mediamorphosis' has some history as a term. I will try to come back to this later.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

If 'quality morphosis' had a bit more meaning it could be an entry on the Wikipedia.

There seems to be a readiness to share and create knowledge.

It has to go a bit further first though, I think.
'Quality Morphosis' now has a page on the learn9 site.

Earlier this week I decided to switch to blog mode but I soon wanted to switch back to a web page. Things may change again. 'Quality Morphosis' seems ok as an idea. Using the same terms all the time seems not to work after a while. They are into something in Korea. At OhmyNews there is some method of working emerging that also involves English language citizen reporters. There is an implicit quality system so I can observe how this develops.

On the 'In Business' program on Radio 4 about Deming it stated that many companies see quality as something that has been 'done'. Actually I don't think it has started.
Now back from OhmyNews Forum and also the 'Rethinking Leadership' conference. I am still taking stock of the impression from Korea. I think they really have got the web integrated with other things they do. The UK academic conference seemed a bit out of it by comparison. Of course there are other issues than the web but I am now fairly certain that 'e-learning' is central to education debates, especially anything 'vocationa'' or relating to community or what people do anyway.

My outlook is influenced by the rejection of my workshop proposal. I now think that it is almost impossible for the 'management learning' academics to consider a positive view of quality. The 'critique' set of arguments is very well established. There is a paper by Chris Grey (PDF, requires Adobe Reader) for the current conference on critial management studies (CMS). This dates CMS to around 1992 so the collection 'Making Quality Critical' (1995) was quite early.

One of the speakers at the conference, Wendy Briner from Ashridge Management College, suggested that in appreciative enquiry people organise towards the positive image of themselves. Maybe something similar happens with 'deficit' thinking, if that is the right term. The aim of 'Making Quality Critical' seems to me to be to write off quality theory entirely so it is not surprising there seems to be no engagement with quality practice on this scene.

Some of the speakers were actually quite flexible. Professor Dennis Gleason spoke of 'dominant and intrusuve inspection' and stated that currently 'accountability in FE works more in favour of audit and funding regimes than for the community. He was not against accountability as such but there was not much of a description of what a suitable quality approach would be like.

Michael Hammond from Dudley College argued that current quality systems such as ISO 9000 were constraning FE leadership to a 'transactional' role while the 'transformational' style of leadership was called for in other contexts. This was one of the few occasions a set of categories on leadership made some sense for me. He was prepared to discuss the changes in ISO 9000 around 2000 but believed they had not been used at all in FE. He could well be right, my argument is just that this possibility should be considered.

e-learning was fairly marginal to the discussion. Network Learning is still seen as about dialogue but there is now an awareness of possible conflicts around difference as well as communities of practice. I couldn't see how anyone in FE would find much in this discussion that would be useful for them in making a case for e-learning.

In Korea we were given a book - 'Media Big Bang' by Tackwhan Kim and Sangbok Lee, translated by Youngeum Lee. This is based on newspaper articles from Joongang Ilbo in January 2005. I have started to read this and realise it is a thorough and wideranging book. There are many references to research and websites I have yet to follow up. The scope includes print media and academic journals. It is fairly clear that the speed of change is faster than most people in the UK are expecting.

One term in the book is 'morphosis' - 'the readiness to boldly abandon practices that are no longer useful and actively accept new changes'. More on this in the next post.

Monday, June 20, 2005

I have been invited to a forum for Citizen Reporters organised by OhmyNews in Seoul.

This blog may be updated over the next few days but more likely will be a short report at Guardian talk

My hope is that the Guardian reports this event and makes some connections.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Later this month I will be at a conference on Leadership for Further Education at Lancaster. This relates to the Department for Management Learning. Previously there have been conferences on Management Theory at Work where I contributed papers on quality. There won't be another of these so the FE context is an opportunity to look at a 'practitioner'point of view. I did have a draft proposal for a paper for this conference but it was not accepted. See version on website.

I started looking at quality from a print company situation. Now working with websites and internet access I think there are comparisons with educational organisations. Not sure how this will fit. At the first Management Theory at Work conference there was a keynote from John Burgoyne on "The Virtual, Knowledge-managing, Learning Organisation?" . I don't think there were any conclusions on this. The discussion got lost in 'critique' as fas as I could make it out. However I think the ssues relate to education and companies.

The sessions of interest include-

Quality Management or Quality Confusion? Are Quality Management Techniques in FE Actually Preventing the Development of Transactional Leadership? - Michael Hammond, Dudley College, UK

Will there be any positive approach to quality?

Networking For Learning and Leading - Debra Ferreday, Vivien Hodgson & Chris Jones Centre for Excellence in Leadership, UK

Reading Management Learning I have come across 'anti-performativity' which seems to explain some of the approach. I'm not sure what interest there is in forms of e-learning that can be applied.

Action Learning – Learners’ Perceptions of a Networked Management Learning Activity - Karen Kerr & Lesley Whelan, Scottish Further Education Unit, UK

Developing Leadership Skills: The Appropriateness of Online and Face-to-Face Methods for Different Groups of Learner - David Silbergh & Kate Lennon, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

My guess is that these will be presented as if there was an intention to offer learners something close to what they were looking for.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

I'm at HESFES - home education at the seaside festival

It is at Charmouth, not too far from Exeter. The internet marquee is organised by Bristol Wireless and Psand (links from //

So far I have studied Psand from a distance. They are sometimes in the West Country, Glastonbury and the Big Green but I have failed to get a ticket. The Big Green sells out so book early if you are interested this year.

Hyperactive loaned a couple of dated pcs for Glastonbury a couple of years ago. Now Bristol Wireless have a large number of Toshiba Satellite portables. There may be 50 of them apparently. At least 20 are here and in working order. There is a large server somewhere in the van. They are all cabled up and there is mains electricity from the toilet block. There is wi-fi as well for people who turn up.

The web access is from satellite so this bit is as before. From what I remember about the Big Green, electricity came from sunpower or a bicycle and all networking was wireless. Still, once you know wireless works it can be just an option.

It will be interesting to see what use people make of this. There are talks and meetings throughout the week and a lot of learning activity. There is no library but this could be a campus. There is a priority for web access and no doubt about the web. So this is different ot a lot of places where there are still reasons apparently not to move in this direction.

Friday, April 15, 2005

I realise that I have done nothing on this or other blogs since CeBIT. Time to try to work things through. I did find it inspiring as a space where things appeared real that previously I had only heard about through the web. Hannover is not that far from the UK so I can project into normal life in the near future.

Since then I have been working on a meeting in Exeter about what to do about public web access. Not sure what to make of this either but some things may fit together soon.

The BBC have announced some detail about their creative archive. Not much stuff, but the idea is interesting. I have done some PDF

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

I'm on the way to CeBIT

looking forward to Prolearn presentations

PROLEARN will present first results at the CeBIT fair 2005, the largest computer fair in the world. Presentations include hands-on experiments as well as guidelines and surveys. ProLearn will be represented by five core partner (INT, IAO, HEC, JSI, CSI) in the eWorld stand (Hall 6, stand 29) and will present several topics during the fair:
IQ - Innovation durch Qualifikation - Thursday 14.00 (Dr.-Ing. Bullinger, Fraunhofer Institute)
A Community of practice in the area of professional training - Friday 11.30 and Wednesday 11.00 (Alexander Karapidis, Fraunhofer Institute)
Corporate training, briding the gap between universities & companies - Friday 14.00 (HEC)
Fostering cross border e-business cooperative environment through usage of web based education - Friday 14.30 and Wednesday 11.30 (Jozef Stefan Institute)
Wenn Lern-und Arbeitswelt verschmelzen. Arbeitesplatznahes Lernen - lernnahes Arbeiten - Friday 14.00 (Dr.-Ing. Spath, Fraunhofer Institute)
Multimedia courses: implementation methods - Wednesday 10.30 (Melanie Blanchard, INT)

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

I'm at the BETT show, a really good start to the year. Olympia is full, something that only happened with computers a very long time ago. Adobe have turned up for example. They didn't bother with Online Information. Maybe the schools are seen as a better longterm investment.

Apparently Acrobat Standard will be packaged with sample lesson plans etc. around February.

Meanwhile Scansoft are showing some PDF products that seem to work. Limited functionality but they create PDF ok and get the content back into Word. Very useful in most situations.

I am thinking about how commenting helps learning. Later there will be a demo on Contribute.

More tomorrow.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

For some reason I can't update at the moment.

There may be recent stuff at Internet Express. This was an internet cafe in Exeter, now just a website. I think of it as a place for discussion and learning . Look on the training page.

Meanwhile changes will be on this blog. Also I am updating the personal homepage headed 'Hello Spiders'.
Still needs more work but the structure is there.