This Is Me is an Eduserv funded project to design learning materials to help with education about forming, maintaining and securing your personal identity on the web, otherwise known as their Digital Identity (DI). The initial stages involve collecting people's stories about DI, whether cautionary, advisory, entertaining or just plain educational.
I have received an invitation to take part in a collaborative critical review of Connectivism by Roy Williams who I met through the Connectivism and Connected Learning course run by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. The project is seeking to critically assess Connectivism and examine whether there is a benefit in providing a Web 2 Learning Theory.
Mike Bogle (@mbogle on Twitter) has a great post on the change needed to support education in the future, which he drew my attention to after I Twittered "knowledge and learning are incarcerated in a monopolistic mould/mold which inhibits innovation and accentuates elitism. Discuss". I might argue it is change that was needed in the past, but I am guessing we can't achieve that now. I recommend Mike's post over this one. Mine is truly a rant, but sometimes a rant is needed...
I am intrigued. In general, I use a Google search to provide me with links to things I don't know, so the most obvious use for the promote/demote concept in search results is to stick the stuff I have come across before lower in the list of results, so that I can see the newer stuff more easily. Only, I suspect that if Google are 'leveraging' the information available to them from my actions, this will give them precisely the wrong impression. I imagine they would think people would promote results they found useful, and demote the irrelevant.
Several people in the CCK08 massively online course on Connectivism and Connected knowledge have been discussing online identity, self and reputation. One of the interesting points is about how engaged you can feel when dealing with an avatar (graphical or textual) which has obviously been designed as an ephemeral presence purely for a particular purpose. If there is no back history available, can you feel a sense of trust?