Knol vs Wikipedia – Round 1

Maybe some of you have already read about Google plans about creation of the the knowledge portal that would be competetive to the Wikipedia. The task looks imposible. However Google has much experience in clashes with large companies:)

Knol is Google’s answer to the growing interest in Knowledge sharing portals. It main task is to encourage people who are specialists in some domains to share their knowledge with others…who arent:) From the opposite point of view, everyone can add comments to knols or write a review. Everyting we need to start is a google account and Im sure its not a problem..unless you dont work for Microsoft:)

So let’s take a look on this novelty.

Google Knol

At first sight it looks simliar. The central part of the page is occupied by an article (text, pictures, links). However the most interesting things are located around (it doesnt matter that the articles are boring;) On the right hand side we can actually see the author, related knols and reviews…and of course some adverts:) Beneath the article there are comments of other Knol fans:) Google boats that our articles can be found using search engines and this is a point which looks a little tricky to me. If Knol is a google child try to guess what definitions will be placed first in google search results?… the answer is not Wikipedia:)
Nevertheless you have to try it because in my opinion Knol in the near future will be as good knowledge portal as Wikipedia. This competition can only bring more profits to users:)

e-learning, knowledge portal, Wikipedia, Knol, Google


Lively – Virtual world by Google

Everyone was waiting for this moment (at least Google developers:) Google has finally created its own virtual world called Lively. What does it offer? Well after a quick look I must say that not much but lets start form the beginning. You don’t need any application on your computer only a small plugin for your browser. Than you just have to login using your google login and password.
First thing that you have to do in the virtual world is….creation of your new virtual personality:) The choice isn’t big but if you like to be a girl, boy or a pig you will surely find something interesting:)
With your new avatar you can start conquering the Web. There are two possibilities: you can join one of already created rooms or create a new one. If you choose the second option than you will be given a large set of different localizations (i.e. classroom, beach, panda shape room:) and things that you can place inside (ie. furnitures, electronics, plants). When everything is ready you can start inviting friends and…thats it:) The only interaction is chat and some custom animations. It is very simple in compare to Second Life but its just the beginning so we should give it a try:) In my opinion its an interesting place for everyone who just want to chat with other people but is bored with present chat rooms.

+ ease in installation and configuration (plug&play:)
+ free
+ ability to create own rooms

+ small rooms
+ lack of interactions
+ its just too simple:)

Google, virtual world, lively, second life

Time 4 change:)

I would like to change the form of this blog and concentrate on the real life applications as well as trends in e- and m-learning. Because every day I explore this fascinating world I would like to share my experience with you. I hope you will enjoy reading this blog:)

Poland is a World’s e-learning backwater

This is a
special Easter for me because I’ve got a new job :) The last couple of weeks
brought me some experience about e-learning in Poland. It seems to be much
worse developed as I thought before. Even the biggest companies with thousands
of employees, haven’t seen the potential in it or were uninformed for last few
years. The people understand e-learning in many different ways, sometimes completely
wrong. For some of them this is a collection of pdf tutorials stored on the
computer, for others it is a PowerPoint presentation. Is Poland really a World’s
e-learning backwater? Well, the answer is…..No! :) The new wave has finally come
to my country. The corporations start to evaluate this way of teaching their
workers and spend much money on it (what’s a great news for all e-learning
specialist in Poland
:) Of course we are still a way behind other
countries but it is only a matter of time to catch them
J. Even our Minister of Education has
recently appreciated the potential of e-learning and has decided to increase its
participation in higher education. Maybe it’s not a big step but it shows that
e-learning is no longer a hobby of some hotheads. In my opinion a big influence
on it have student exchange programs. During my on year stay in Germany I got
in touch with many technologies that I have never heard about before. They
weren’t new, but more or less unknown in Poland. It is still hard to find a
place in here where you can learn about e-learning (yes, I’ve heard about
Internet but not everyone is so motivated to install an e-learning platform on
his computer, after reading some comments in the Web
J and learning without practice
brings more or less nothing). In Germany I met many people who were a really
Web 2.0 community which builds and shares its knowledge with others. I’ve tried
e-learning with them and I must admit that in my case it has increased my
learning abilities. This fact has motivated me to take a closer look at this “newness”.
Now I see that it was one of the best decision in my life (I can’t say that it
was the best because my girlfriend would kill me;). Despite all adversities (such
as EU refunds that have encouraged many unqualified people to create e-learning
content of miserable quality) everything seems to go in a right direction.

At the end
I would like to wish you all happy Easter. Don’t forget that e-learning is
great but a time with family can also be really nice ;)


e-learning, Poland