By Stephen Downes
April 15, 2005

Botany Photo of the Day
Because it's a slow news day (a Friday in April - does it get any better?) and because I like things like this... Via Tim Bray. Something to build a new website theme around, maybe. By Various Authors, April, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

MIT Students Pull Prank on Conference
Everyone has gotten a good giggle over this one. A group of computer science students created a random essay generator, printed out a random essay, and got it accepted at an academic conference. Read the fine print and you see it was accepted as an "unrefereed submission". But still. Pretty funny. You can create your own random paper using the generator. By Reuters, CNN, April 14, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

New BCcampus Services Improve Online Learning
BC Campus made the news yesterday with its official launch of its "final major development phase of BCcampus, which will provide a single point of access to every service an online student needs." According to executive director David Porter, “This system allows learners to use their student number at their ‘home’ institution to ‘visit’ other schools and have access to the electronic library of the institution they’re visiting – all through the BCcampus portal. Students can take courses anywhere in the province to complement what they’re studying at their home institution. This gives institutions that may have extra spaces the ability to fill them, and relieves pressure on others where course demand is high.” By Press Release, AchieveBC, April 14, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Blue Web'n
Mentioned on WWWEDU today. "Blue Web'n is an online library of 1952 outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). You can search by grade level (Refined Search), broad subject area (Content Areas), or specific sub-categories (Subject Area)." Sites like this should have RSS feeds so their listings can be aggregated. By Various Authors, SBC Knowledge Ventures, April, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Korea, US to Develop e-Learning Standards
Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) is opening an office and test lab in Korea, according to this report. "The Korean laboratory will be able to offer certification for the sharable contents objective reference model (SCORM) in two or three years, the ministry said." By Seo Jee-yeon, Korea Times, April 14, 2005 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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