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November 19, 2001

Authority Finder An interesting service that provides quotes and citations for any word or phrase you submit. Links to a subscription form where, if you pay them money, they will grant access to a database of 35,000 articles. No word on whether they are paying anything to the authors of these articles. By , , .[Refer]

Icebreaker Ideas Submitted by DEOS Members Another great example of the web in action. The responses to an enquiry about icebreakers are posted on this handy website for all to share and enjoy. By Gretchen Ulrich Goddard, Southern New Hampshire University, November 15, 2001.[Refer]

IMS Content Packaging and Editing The IMS Package Editor Version 1.1 - (Nov 2001 release) is now available for download. This is an update of the version released in October and contains a new graphical interface for metadata editing. By Boon Kee Low, University of Edinburgh, November 19, 2001.[Refer]

Top 14 Things CEOs Need to Know About E-Learning Some really good tidbits in tis document for CEOs and executives, some things I wish had been highlighted a bit more. Like, for example, the idea that the move to e-learning is as much a cultural shift as a technological one. And the idea that e-learning isn't about "self-paced purgatory" but is rather a process of communication between an organization and an individual, a process that should be "as automatic, as easy, and more individually relevant than email." Yeah! By Patricia A. Galagan, ASTD, November, 2001.[Refer]

PRoP: Personal Roving Presence For the day you just can't be there: log in to a PRoP. PRoPs are simple internet-controlled robots emulate the sensation of embodiment in a remote real space. The robot provides video and audio links to the remote space as well as providing a visible, mobile entity with which other people can interact. PRoPs also allow their users to wander around, converse with people, point, examine objects, read, and make simple gestures. By Eric Paulos and John Canney, , .[Refer]

Computer-Mediated Communication and The Public Sphere: A Critical Analysis Interesting essay that looks at the role of the internet in extending the public sphere, that is, in extending the space for rational and critical discourse free from state and economic interests. It argues that while the internet does extend the public sphere, its success is limited by state and corporate interests, a deficit of reflexivity, a lack of respectful listening to others, the difficulty of verifying identity claims and information put forward, the exclusion of many from online political fora, and the domination of discourse by certain individuals and groups. Good essay; valuable references. By Lincoln Dahlberg, Journal of Computer Medicated Communications Volume 7 Number 1, October, 2001.[Refer]

Making a Class Newspaper When I was in school, I created a number of school newspapers (tell me, who's surprised?), an endeavour supported by teachers throughout my education. So I am enthused by this online resource, a unit plan for grades 4-6 on "making a class newspaper." Of course, today's class newspaper is likely to be online, or formatted in video, but the principle is the same. And the three major objectives the project embodies - close reading, transactional writing and presenting - are skills you can use throughout life. Trust me. By Paul Ashman, English Online, September 19, 2001.[Refer]


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