September 21, 2006

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Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Future of Learning in a Networked World, September 21, 2006
[link: Hits] So I travelled to New Zealand, explored Stewart Island, smashed my digital camera in a fall, bought a new one, got sick, struggled with internet kiosks ($2 for 15 minutes) and generally poor internet access, took the Taieri Gorge Railway at Dunedin, NZ, and am now, still very much under the weather, in Christchurch. For another hour maybe; I have a flight to Aukland in a couple of hours. Anyhow. There is a large group of us touring the country, and you can find all their blog posts and movies and photos, etc, here, on this aggregation, a classic example of how the MyGlu service is supposed to run. I have no FTP access, so I'll have to wait to clear out the diagnostic stuff. Also kudos to Antonio Cavedoni for his Atom to RSS script, which saved me writing an extra model for Atom. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Scott Leslie[Edit][Delete]: Moodle OCW Module, EdTechPost [Edit][Delete] September 21, 2006
[link: 3 Hits] Looks useful. "OCW MetaMod for Moodle provides instructors and designers with the ability to mark individual resources or activities in a Moodle course as 'shared' (allowing guest viewing) or 'private' (only visible for registered students). Additionally, the MetaMod tags resources and activities as 'C' (copyright) or 'CC' (Creative Commons/Copyright Cleared)." I'd like to see how these rights expressions are rendered in the RSS, whether they embed the declaration as a string in the RSS (wrong) or whether they link to an external page describing the license (right). [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Christian Dalsgaard[Edit][Delete]: Social software: E-learning Beyond Learning Management Systems, Eurodl [Edit][Delete] September 21, 2006
[link: 60 Hits] "The article suggests a limitation of the use of learning management systems to cover only administrative issues. Further, it is argued that students' self-governed learning processes are supported by providing students with personal tools and engaging them in different kinds of social networks." Via Mark Oehlert. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Mark Oehlert[Edit][Delete]: Web 2.0 Logo Board and Why, E-Clippings [Edit][Delete] September 21, 2006
[link: 13 Hits] Mark Oehlert asks, "why do we really have no visible drive in this space to scramble after those dollars with new and exciting products and cutting-edge implementations of new technology that you can try for free for 30 days or for life but at some point you'll pay for the premium features?" Because the education web isn't like that. All this screaming web 2.0 hype is hyperbole, and we all know it. It's not a good thing. We have our innovation in the education space - look at the work around the Personal Learning Environment - but it's open source, not some commercial app with a business plan directed toward IPOs, buyouts, and lawsuits. Well, not most of us, anyways. P.S. mark, not to be snarky, but a few of us non-commercial people know a thing or two about informal learning too. [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Barry Dahl[Edit][Delete]: Open Source Integration, Desire2Blog [Edit][Delete] September 21, 2006
[link: Hits] Barry Dahl: "Very interesting project started about a month ago over at OpenAcademic.org in an effort to integrate four useful open source tools into an enviromnet that would have lots of features for e-learning. The tools they are working with are Elgg, Drupal, Moodle, and Mediawiki." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Barry Dahl[Edit][Delete]: Black Market, Desire2Blog [Edit][Delete] September 21, 2006
[link: Hits] Why is Blackboard suing Desire2Learn? This post offers a few possibilities. Among my favorites: "those who tested D2L said it was easier to go from Blackboard 5 to D2L than to Blackboard 6." See also: EDUCAUSE on the lawsuit. And Michael feldstein, What You Can Do About Blackboard, Part One, Part 2. [Tags: , , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Darren Kuropatwa[Edit][Delete]: Good Night and Good Luck, A Difference [Edit][Delete] September 20, 2006
[link: 5 Hits] Interesting. "In this closing speech he's talking about the television .... if he were alive today, amidst all the talk about things like MySpace, might he give the exact same speech ... about the computer?" [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Unnamed[Edit][Delete]: Life Is Not A Computer Game, Musings about Teaching High School, Social Computing and Ed. Tech. [Edit][Delete] September 20, 2006
[link: 14 Hits] "And now, I hope, we are more vigilant with our sons and daughters and how they use social computing technologies." So reads a website discussing the recent tragedy in Montreal. How well those of us remember December 6, 1989. The common denominator isn't rock music or comics or the internet. It's guns. Please: guns do not belong in a civilian population; you may as well release Siberian tigers to roam the downtown streets. (p.s. to the author: put your name on your blog please). [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Leonard Low[Edit][Delete]: Choosing a PDA for Teaching and Learning, Mobile Learning [Edit][Delete] September 20, 2006
[link: Hits] It would seem to me that in mobile learning in particular, the user experience would be most impacted by the choice of plat5form. That's why this advice from Leonard Low comes as timely information, especially as so many districts look into this new form of content delivery and communication. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Press Release[Edit][Delete]: Blackboard Launches New Client Support Site, Blackboard [Edit][Delete] September 20, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] Blackboard announces the invention of toolbars, bookmarks, history lists, support tickets, libraries, download sites, RSS feeds and content pages. Don't believe me? Check out this announcement, from September 19 (yes, of this year). Blackboard announces all of these features - perhaps unawsare that they already exist in most we browsers and content sites. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Qmana, September 20, 2006
[link: Hits] Blogging tool that allows you to compose your post offline and upload it when its done. Good for low-bandwidth regions. Via Derek Wenmoth, here at the conference in Christchurch. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Scott Jaschik[Edit][Delete]: The Next Level of Open Source, Inside Higher Ed [Edit][Delete] September 20, 2006
[link: Hits] We like this. Yale is starting an open content initiative. "The basis of the Yale effort will be video of actual courses -- every lecture of the course, to be combined with selected class materials." Before you say that this is a really bad idea, remember that I was able to access videos through YouTube in Africa. Too bad Harvard can't afford a similar project. [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Directory of Open Access Journals, September 20, 2006
[link: Hits] I mentioned this resource here in Christchurch. It is worth mentioning that there now exists an open access journal in pretty much every subject you care to name. This is a good place to find academic materials on your topic of interest, to help you cut down your purchase list to nothing. [Tags: , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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