October 18, 2006


Tim Lougheed[Edit][Delete]: U.S. Patent Claim Against Waterloo Firm Concerns Researchers, University Affairs [Edit][Delete] October 18, 2006
[link: Hits] Coverage of the Blackboard patent and lawsuit in University Affairs, the major magazine in Canada directed toward university professors and administration. This quote from Michael Geist captures the tenor of the article: "If this is to drag out there will be mounting pressure on many institutions that use Blackboard to consider switching, for the very reason that they are somewhat indirectly supporting the lawsuit." [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Seb Schmoller[Edit][Delete]: Blackboard Patent. John Mayer Interviews Various Lawyers With Patent Knowhow, Fortnightly Mailing [Edit][Delete] October 18, 2006
[link: 34 Hits] Seb Schmoller links to some interviews with lawyers on the Blackboard patent. "The first is with Professor Mary LaFrance who teaches patent law at the Boyd School of Law, part of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The second, which is a long and intensly relevant to key issues in the Blackboard infringement case against Desire2Learn, is with Professor Vince Chiapetta." [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Anonymous[Edit][Delete]: And Then It Hit Me..., Webhead Link [Edit][Delete] October 18, 2006
[link: Hits] "A mantra that Stephen Downes chants over and over in presentation after presentation: the power of the Internet is that it makes possible an aggregation of knowledge distributed over P2P networks whereas in a CS system knowledge resides in and is the property and responsibility of a single omnipotent yet not omniscent entity." Yes! "In the short run the CS manager is in control and can impose order on the system. But in the long run, as people become more sophisticated and aware of appropriate uses of technology in education, this will be seen as detrimental to the big-picture goals of the educational community." Yes! [Tags: , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: perX, October 18, 2006
[link: Hits] This is a nice example of federated search. Note that when you input the search term it accesses each repository separately, then provides a link to the search results, if any. Advantages: the search happens in real time. Disadvantage: it's slow, and puts an excessive load on the repositories in the federation. Also, search results are unordered, and there's no value-added (such as third party tagging). Which leads me to really question the value of the federated approach. The authors have just release a poster (in PowerPoint) for the Open Scholarship 2006 Conference. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Various authors[Edit][Delete]: Education.au Seminars, Education.au Seminars [Edit][Delete] October 18, 2006
[link: 1 Hits] This blog has been around since July but I'm just noticing it now (can you tell I've been busy recently?). The blog mostly links to audio and other media from presentations sponsored by education.au, including those from the recent Global Summit. Just posted, for example, is a talk by Doug Brown, from the Department of Education and Skills in the U.K. Or listen to Leigh Blackall on why teaching is dead and the rise of connected learning. As well, you can hear George Siemens on connectivism. [Tags: , , , ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Garett Rogers[Edit][Delete]: Google Docs to Go `Offline' and More, ZD Net [Edit][Delete]ZD Net [Edit][Delete] October 18, 2006
[link: Hits] This link is mostly for me, as I'll need to cite it in a few hours, but what you'll see here is some discussion - and proto-code - for moving Google's web applications to the desktop. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Stephanie Reiger[Edit][Delete]: Decline of the PDA?, Keitai [Edit][Delete] October 18, 2006
[link: Hits] The market in handhelds is changing and the author wonders whether the days of the PDA are nearly over, to be replaced by something like a smarter mobile phone. The big difference between the two, it seems to me, is that the PDA is a computer while the mobile phone is not. What this difference amounts to is this: you can hack your PA, but not your phone (like all absolutes, this isn't completely true, but it is mostly true). I am inclined to agree with the author, that people would miss the range and flexibility of applications available on PDAs. Via Mark Wagner. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Chris Correa[Edit][Delete]: Inside Teaching, October 18, 2006
[link: 6 Hits] Interesting. Chris Correa reports, "The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has put together a living archive for teachers and teacher educators to document their work via text, video, and images." [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

Stephen Downes[Edit][Delete]: Autonomy, Half an Hour [Edit][Delete] October 18, 2006
[link: Hits] I describe in some detail the concept of autonomy, as it applies to effective networks, and in passing, explain more oif what I mean by a non-causal theory of meaning. [Tags: ] [Comment] [Edit] [Delete] [Spam]

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