February 16, 2006


Richard Hatch[Edit][Delete]: Richard Hatch - Battlestar Galactica, Sci Fi Talk [Edit][Delete] February 16, 2006
[link: Hits] Off topic, maybe, but I listened to this podcast this afternoon and enjoyed it enough to pass along. Richard Hatch (not the Survivor winner, but rather an actor in the old and new Battlestar Galactica series) brings depth and texture to this interview, going well beyond the laser and lightshow you expect with science fiction. [Tags: Podcasting] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Norm Friesen[Edit][Delete]: Connecting Collections: An overview of approaches, February 16, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Overview of approaches (specifically, technical standards) for exchanging information between repositories. Central to the document is the characaterization of and distinction between federated search and metadata harvest (which a good supporting diagram). [Tags: Learning Object Repositories, Metadata] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Josie Fraser[Edit][Delete]: e-Portfolio Roundup, Ed Tech UK [Edit][Delete] February 16, 2006
[link: 2 Hits] Good overview of e-portfolio activities in Britain, with links. Includes coverage of the UK Government's e-strategy, Harnessing Technology, the idea of Personal Learning Environments, BECTA, Jisc, and the Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA). Of note: "My advice? If you are investigating e-portfolios at the moment, hold on to your money." [Tags: E-Portfolios] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Harold Jarche[Edit][Delete]: Rx for NB Learning, February 16, 2006
[link: 6 Hits] Harold Jarche and I share similar views on how the New Brunswick e-learning industry should proceed. "This Province has the resources, and connections, to create an environment that is friendly for start-ups, especially those that don't require huge sums of money (e.g. Flickr before it sold to Yahoo). This flies in the face of efforts to attract larger companies that can offer more jobs to local people. I believe that using the 'job' as an economic indicator is a crucial flaw in our economic development policy. Instead, we should be helping to create many small, innovative companies. This will foster a more diverse economic foundation, where one failure will not bring down the entire industry. We have some learning expertise and we used to have some technology development capabilities. What we need now is a way allow a thousand flowers to blossom." [Tags: Online Learning, Yahoo!] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Lorcan Dempsey[Edit][Delete]: The (Digital) Library Environment: Ten Years After, Ariadne [Edit][Delete]ARIADNE [Edit][Delete] February 16, 2006
[link: Hits] Good article, from the recent issue of Ariadne, summarizing the evolution of library services in the digital age. What I appreciate most of all, I think, is the understanding in this article that library services need to become dynamic and integrated into the flow of a person's online experience, "supporting the remix of content and services in user environments, and developing digital curation services." There is an enormous need for intelligent information flows - consider this newsletter, for example, which serves just such a purpose. But the point is not so much (as it unfortunately states in the article) to "compete for eyeballs" - this is the route to irrelevance - but to, if you will, simply be in the right place at the right time. [Tags: Newsletters, Experience] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Brett McLaughlin[Edit][Delete]: Mastering Ajax, IBM Developer Works [Edit][Delete] February 16, 2006
[link: Hits] This series is now up to three parts (Part One, Part Two, Part Three) and while it's pretty technical (read: if you don't code, you won't like it) it is a pretty sound technical introduction to the new read-write capabilities of the web. For me, well, this is just the sort of link I like to have handy. Also, on a completely unrelated note: Developing games with Perl and SDL. Ah, drowning in riches. [Tags: Games and Gaming] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Catherine Howell[Edit][Delete]: The Future of Blogging, EDUCAUSE Blogs [Edit][Delete] February 16, 2006
[link: 4 Hits] "I HAD TO run a few errands downtown, but I hesitated to go. What if I ran into bloggers?" Interesting. After a recent meetup, Catherine Howell comments, "What was strange was the speed with which our offline interaction was documented, editorialised, and re-presented online. Suddenly our offline meeting had a doppelganger: its online presence or artefacts." Yes, but it's more than that. Not just that as the meetup fades into memory, the artefacts keep it alive. I have always lived my life more or less in public, for various reasons. That's why the blogging, sometimes unexpectedly, of my life doesn't faze me. What I am learning - and trust me, I'm still learning this - is that this sharing of myself is enormously empowering. [Tags: Web Logs, Interaction] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Ewan McIntosh[Edit][Delete]: Would you trust this man with your blog?, edublogs [Edit][Delete] February 16, 2006
[link: 12 Hits] Ewan McIntosh has deleted his Typepad blog by accident. If anyone can help him, please give him a call. I hate to think of anyone having to rebuild their site from Google cache. Update: Ewan gives us the step by step story of how the tragedy unfolded. Another update: Ewan writes, "all the posts that I wanted (around 200) are back up along with the comments." [Tags: Web Logs, Google] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Paul Maharg[Edit][Delete]: Simulations, Baudrillard, Serious Games, Zeugma [Edit][Delete] February 16, 2006
[link: 11 Hits] Good article that captures quite well what I've tried to achieve with this site and in turn applies (correctly, in my view) the same thinking to games. Citing Bakhtin: "The novel orchestrates all its themes, the totality of the world of objects and ideas depicted and expressed in it, by means of the social diversity of speech types and by differing individual voices that flourish under such conditions. Authorial speech, the speeches of narrators, inserted genres, the speech of characters are merely those fundamental compositional unities with whose help heteroglossia can enter the novel; each of them permits a multiplicity of social voices and a wide variety of their links and interrelationships (always more or less dialogized). These distinctive links and interrelationships between utterances and languages, this movement of the theme through different languages and speech types, its dispersion into the rivulets and droplets of social heteroglossia, its dialogization." [Tags: Games and Gaming] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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