Stephen's Web

By Stephen Downes
July 3, 2002

Will Wireless Change the World? I essentially agree with the view sketched in this clipping, though I fail to see how this view of the wireless world become Curtis Bonk's vision - it belongs to a large number of people. That said, another reason for including this link is to illustrate why deep linking is essential. The Need-to-Know newsletter eschews deep links on a regular basis (I have written to them about this), pointing instead to a cover page. Why? I haven't a clue, and it's really annoying! I wanted to read this item listed in Need-to-Know, but I have no idea where to find it on the website. There may be a way to get from the front page to the specific article, but I couldn't find it. Good luck, happy hunting, and for those of you who think deep links are a crime, imagine every resource on the web being linked this way. Nightmarish! By Unknown, Ascribe Newswire, via a useless link from Eduprise, June 20, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Uganda School-Based Telecenters: An Approach to Rural Access to ICTs Initial report on the structure and implementation of school based telecenters in Uganda. Though they have solved the problem of (relatively) inexpensive connectivity, a major problem remains power, which is available for only three hours each evening. That said, the author argues that "It has shown that the SBT is a potentially strategic initiative that will have impact on ways of helping rural communities functionally cross the digital divide." You may need to sign in to read this item, but access is free. By Meddie Mayanja, TechKnowLogia, July, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Frederick Noronha Frederick Noronha is a freelance journalist writing from Goa, India. He provides OLDaily with regular email insights into e-learning activities on the subcontinent with numerous articles written mostly for Bytes for All. Because his articles are not typically posted on the web, I have created a thread in my discussion area to make them more accessible to the internet community as a whole. I will probably set up something more permanent for Noronha and similar writers who could use a reasonably stable web home. To start things off, four articles written within the last week (he is very prolific). By Frederick Noronha, Stephen's Web, July 3, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

National Science Foundation The defining theme of this survey report by the U.S. based national Science Foundation (NSF) is in the introduction articulated by a Canadian, Wayne Gretzky: "I skate to where the puck is going, not to where it's been." This online book is a good summary of NSF research and activities and includes sections on the internet and on education. Don't expect a lot of depth, though. By Rita R. Colwell, National Science Foundation, June, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Striving to Make a Mark Good article reviewing and comparing a number of online meeting facilities. What strikes me is the costs of these services: why can't somebody create a good, cheap off-the-shelf conferencing utility? Systems evaluated include Centra Software Inc.'s eMeeting 6.0, eRoom Technology Inc.'s eRoom Version 6, Genesys Conferencing's Genesys Meeting Center, Interwise Inc.'s Enterprise Communications Platform, Latitude Communications Inc.'s MeetingPlace, PlaceWare Inc.'s PlaceWare Conference Center, Raindance Communications Inc.'s Web Conferencing Pro, SpartaCom Technologies Inc.'s WebDemo and WebEx Communications Inc.'s WebEx Meeting Center. By Jason brooks, E-Week, July 1, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Using Web Widgets Wisely, Part 1 I find that many e-learning implementations use text boxes, drop-down lists and similar web widgets quite badly. This article is at least a first step in correcting some of the worst abuses. What is needed next is a corrective to really bad DHTML navigation (and I'm watching for one, so expect to see something on this in the future). By Jodi Bollaert, IBM Developer Works, June, 2002 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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