Friday, August 31, 2007

I have tried out a post about forms of knowledge on the Guardian Talk. I have posted a series on the QR funding part of research assessment. Some academics have helped to explain things. It is a way to find out what they think about quality.

Also on the learning with ISO 9000 log there will soon be something on forms of knowledge that might overlap. The current debate about amateurs that mostly comes from professional journalists strikes me as related to discussion by academics about mode1 and mode 2 knowledge. My own interest is in quality and I am gradually turning to forms of journalism rather than attempt academic writing. Most quality theory has come from practitioners. The web is changing the location of styles of knowledge. If it turns up in a Google search it may be from a journal, a magazine or just a blog or something. Continues on blog.

Since writing that I have had a printed promotion for the Online Information Conference and I think it will leave it as open as possible till then. The keynote speaker is Jimmy Wales and the topics are all "web 2.0". It seems a good chance to talk about validity claims in a wider context. I'm sure some form of quality will fit in there.

There is every chance that the Hunky Mouse or someone from Newswireless will turn up and report. Could Guy Kewney revise his views on amateurs given new discussion on user generated content?

There are speakers from universities so I will contact others and see what they think. In 2002 there was a "Manifesto: Towards E-Quality in Networked E-Learning in Higher Education" but I don't know how this has developed since. Is the word "quality" part of this? Chris Grey wrote "Against Learning" (PDF file)in 2001. I got the impression the web was part of the learning he was against.

Academics may not recognise the conference as carrying weight in their discussion. There is still no UK review of "Everything is Miscellaneous" that I can find though I think a keynote at Online Information is worth some consideration.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I have had an email invite to a survey on e-learning, or rather whether the term "e-learning" should vanish and just be known as "learning". Strangely there is also another term "technology-enhanced learning". This seems to have been recently invented by academics looking for another discipline. Hey, this is just a blog don't take offence. I have sent a reply and suggested "the web" as a term that is in use. It seems obvious to me that some form of learning is involved in using the web. One problem is that "education" is associated with institutions. In the UK there has recently been less emphasis on adult education other than basic skills or through employment sectors. So I think the web should be part of the mix.