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I’m published in Journal of e-Learning and Digital Media (woo!)

January 22, 2011

Woot! Woot!  My contribution to the Journal of e-Learning & Digital Media is now out.   Here is the abstract:

ABSTRACT The purpose of this article is to explore the development of new methodologicalapproaches that draw on ideas and concepts from natural sciences and apply them within thehumanities. The main research example this article looks at is the re-application of a palaeontologicalprocess; it looks though the geological layers of sediment for fossilised remains from which it canattempt to reverse-engineer the process and forms of change from these finds. This research reengineersthis basic method by looking at the layers of software iteration to understand therelationships between media artefacts over time. This article uses as its test subject, peer-to-peersoftware (p2p). The method developed involved sifting though the layers of digital sediment usingchange-logs, release schedules, forms, mailing lists and release repositories to reconstruct a time-line ofchange. It then used this data to construct a proto-phylogenetic tree of familial relationships betweendifferent p2p software clients. The article examines these findings next to existing works on technologyevolution, suggests a mechanism by which these findings can be interpreted and then has suggestionsas to the possible implications of these findings for learning and educational technologies.

And here is the full contents of the issue:

Volume 7 Number 4 2010
ISSN 2042-7530

Peer-to-Peer Networking and Collaborative Learning

Daniel Araya & Michael A. Peters. Introduction

Chi-Kim Cheung. Web 2.0: challenges and opportunities for media education and beyond

Cynthia Carter Ching & Anthony W. Hursh. ‘This Site is Blocked’: K-12 teachers and the challenge of accessing peer-to-peer networks for education

Mark Pegrum. ‘I Link, Therefore I Am’: network literacy as a core digital literacy

Crystle Martin & Constance Steinkuehler. Collective Information Literacy in Massively Multiplayer Online Games

Hartmut Giest. Reinventing Education: new technology does not guarantee a new learning culture

David J. Ondercin. The Opportunity in Higher Education: how open education and peer-to-peer networks are essential for higher education

Ilias Karasavvidis. Understanding Wikibook-based Tensions in Higher Education: an Activity Theory approach

Tomas Rawlings. Understanding the Evolution of Technology through P2P Systems and its Impact on Learning Environments

Chandler Armstrong. Catalyzing Collaborative Learning: how automated task distribution may prompt students to collaborate

Shwetha Kini. CoLab: a collaborative laboratory for facilitating code reviews through a peer-to-peer network

It’s not avalible for free at the moment, but I’m pleased that the journal will open it up at a later date.  Plus if you do buy it now, it supports the journal to keep doing it’s thing.

Please note that all articles published within Symposium journals automatically become open access 18 months after publication. ..  The journal really DOES need those paying subscribers if it is to continue to expand and improve. Full information about Personal and Library subscriptions can be found at

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