May 26, 2006


Unattributed[Edit][Delete]: Podcast Lectures for Uni Students, BBC News [Edit][Delete] May 26, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] As the story explains, "A lecturer at a West Yorkshire university has abolished traditional lectures in favour of podcasts." The professor argues that "the move would better suit the needs of distance learners, part-time students and those balancing studies with family and work." and that "Some lecture classes have 250 students, so I question the effectiveness of a didactic lecture for an hour." Typically a porfessor would offer a podcast in addition to a lecture, but we have to ask, if we could offer only one of a traditional lecture or a podcast, which makes more sense? Via Mark Oehlert. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Brady Forrest[Edit][Delete]: Controversy About Our Web 2.0 Service Mark, May 26, 2006
[link: 4 Hits] O'Reilly has long been heralded as a leading advocate of the open source ethos. But that reputation is under seige today. In a story that began here and spead into Tim O'Reilly's blog here (where you can find my own response) it was revealed that O'Reilly is trying to enforce ownership of 'Web 2.0' as a service mark (at least for conferences). While I held out hope that it was all a mistake, their eventual admission has brought down the wrath of the blogosphere. And rightly so. As Mark Oehlert writes, "The sense of betrayal from this community is palpable." And, as George Siemens comments, "Trademarking the (Web 2.0) concept seems a bit like using extra salt to achieve an effective sodium-free diet." [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Miles Berry[Edit][Delete]: Learning Platform Functional Requirements, Miles Berry : Weblog [Edit][Delete] May 26, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] Commentary and link to BECTA's newly released learning platform functional requirements. Although sounding criticial at first ("I think we'd have seen a very different document if Becta had worked from the ground up, asking pupils, teachers and schools what sort of functionality they'd like to see in learning platforms, rather than the top down") the author notes the BECTA appears to have listened to Moodle and open source advocates "about giving at least some place to the social dimension of learning, as well as some aspects of Web 2.0." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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