May 4, 2006


: Drupal as Learning Object Repository, May 4, 2006
[link: Hits] D'Arcy Norman explains, "There is no need for CAREO (or its ilk) anymore. Other solutions have evolved and surpassed what we came up with as a prototype Learning Object Repository. If I was to start an organizational/institutional/regional repository of resources, I'd just use a copy of Drupal. Yes. Drupal. It provides every feature that CAREO does/did, and many many more that we would have never had time to implement." I have used Drupal; I wrote the themes and CSS for OurMedia in it. It's pretty good, though I would prefer it were written in Perl rather than PHP. And a new version of Drupal - 4.7.0 - has just been released. [Tags: Learning Object Repositories] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Katrina A. Meyer[Edit][Delete]: The Closing of the U.S. Open University, EDUCAUSE Quarterly [Edit][Delete] May 4, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Interesting article. I personally wonder about the desire on the part of OU to enter the U.S. market at all - it's not like there's a shortage of universities there. And as the article makes clear, U.S. accredication is a significant hurdle. Also, "for the USOU, recruiting one student took approximately $4,000 to $5,000." This money, in my view, would have been better spent elsewhere. More articles from the current EDUCAUSE Quarterly. [Tags: EDUCAUSE] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Luigi Canali De Rossi[Edit][Delete]: Skypecasting Is Here, Robin Good [Edit][Delete] May 4, 2006
[link: Hits] Useful and comprehensive summary, based on user testing, of Skype's new conferencing system, Skypecasts. In a nutshell, the system allows you to broadcast an audio conference to up to a hundred people for free; you can allow everyone to talk at once, or you can mute the audience and give the microphone to one person at a time. As Robin Good says, "This is a true disruptive entry in the marketplace." [Tags: Voice Over IP, Skype, Conferencing] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Tim Stahmer[Edit][Delete]: Fear and Loathing on the Internet, Assorted Stuff [Edit][Delete] May 4, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] "User-generated content is very difficult to manage and control." This assessment comes in the midst of a user rebellion at YouTube against increased censorship and control. Tim Stahmer argues, "These fears revolve around the uncertainty that arises when high powered communications tools become available to almost anyone. Institutions and companies accustomed to manipulating their audiences are finding that control slipping away." Control of the message appears to be everything, and even benign and well-intentioned criticisms are being stifled. As Wes Fryer observes, "Schools are technocratic, top-down, static institutions which generally do not value change, innovation, or creativity." But, as Stephanie Sandifer argues, "it's time for the adults to stop letting our fear win - it's time for the adults to step-up to the plate and teach our kids how to use the Internet in safe and responsible ways because it is a part of our life." Right. [Tags: Assessment, Adults and Adult Learning, Children and Child Learning] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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