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Introduction - Martin Weller

Module by: Ken Udas. E-mail the author

Summary: Introduction to Martin Weller and his post on the Open University’s attempt to create an open API-based social networking system for learning.

I want to welcome Martin Weller and thank him for agreeing to contribute to the Impact of Open Source Software and Open Educational Resources on Education series on Terra Incognita. Martin will be discussing the SocialLearn project, which is the Open University’s attempt to create an open API-based social networking system for learning. He will look at some of the motivations behind the project, what it hopes to achieve and how the technology is being used as the medium through which the institution itself comes to understand the changes happening in society and in education as a result of digital technologies.

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Martin Weller serves as a Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University in the UK. He chaired the OU’s first major online course with 15,000 students, was the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Project Director and is now Director of the SocialLearn project. His interests are in elearning, web 2.0 and the implications of new technologies for higher education. He blogs at The Ed Techie.

I have been following Martin’s work for some time through reputation and through his many open blog contributions. I am very excited about having Martin contribute to the Impact series and look forward to some active participation and development of dialog. Martin’s post is scheduled for October 15, 2008. Please feel free to comment (early and often!), ask questions, build on the conversation, and enjoy.

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