Whether or not people like it, or even agree for that matter, from where I sit, Second Life remains the standard by which virtualities will gauge their success, or failure. And, where virtual worlds are concerned, community is where it is at. That is the life blood. That is the... Read More »
Sadly, all of these talking heads and CEOs seem miss the obvious ingredientthat very element that not only brought the web where it is today but made more than a few people millionaires overnightthe true gold in these social networks. And that element is people. People, who in engaging in their natural behavior, seek out each other to form groups and community. One of the most profound, yet obviously simple truths was penned a mere three years ago by someone who actually gets it. Jaran Lanier noted, and I quote, "The beauty of the Internet is that it connects people. The value is in the other people. If we start to believe that the Internet itself is an entity that has something to say, we're devaluing those people and making ourselves into idiots."
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If you do a quick search for "eCampus," you will find articles wherein the writer breathlessly proclaims, "these are the campuses of the future!" While eCourses come in a variety of forms, just how much do people learn, anyway? Moreover, how can students be measured beyond the standard regurgitation that is required for passing... Read More »