Steve Downes

Stephen Downes, Senior Research Officer eLearning, National Research Council Canada, Institute for Information Technology.

Steve is the author of Stephen’s Web and a candid observer of the eLearning scene who’s even more skeptical about what’s going on than I. We met at a party at the Sheraton Anaheim that was wall-to-wall with Canadians; there had to be at least a hundred of them! (Eh!) Steve and I found common ground on the folly of LMS, the dire situation of copyright in the U.S., the role for global courseware, the wrong-headedness of “library” sales, the absurdity of standardized testing, and the extremism of us folk south of the border, among other things.

We’re going to try to blog Online Learning together. Steve is securing a wireless connection on the Expo floor. We’ll probably cross-post to one another’s blogs. Your questions and comments are not just welcome but encouraged. Give us some motivation to do this by responding to what you read here.

Post Script. It appears that Steve won't be attending sessions. Also, the first comment we received asked that we not work together on things:

    It’s a small world after all. This morning a comment appeared on the blog entry I posted last night. A fellow from China suggested Steve Downes and I keep our stories separate, to avoid confusion. He’s translates Steve and me into a blog in Chinese!

Posted by Jay Cross at September 22, 2002 11:37 PM | TrackBack

I read and syndicate both of your blogs, however, I suggest your keeping your blogs seperated as before. You guys have different style in this field. Confucious ever said, "Great minds enjoy each other, but keep diversities."

I myself maintain a blog on e-Learning too. Unfortunetely to you guys, it's almost all in Chinese. (

Posted by: Isaac Mao at September 23, 2002 03:35 AM

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